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I had a ear infection 2 weeks ago why can't I hear yet?

I had a ear infection 2 weeks ago why can't I hear yet?

Fluid persists: The fluid debris of an ear infection will muffle the hearing and give you a feeling of fullness. It can persist from 3-6 weeks in some people. A return in pain or fever would suggest a recurrence. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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I have an ear infection and can't hear out of one ear. What should I do?

I have an ear infection and can't hear out of one ear. What should I do?

Common for ear infct: During a middle ear infection the ear space fills with fluid and suppresses the hearing in the affected ear by ~ 40 decibells. This may continue for 3-6 weeks but gradually clears with treatment and hearing returns to baseline level. Have it checked if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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My ear was in pain for about 2 days. I thought It was just an ear infection. The pain is gone now but I can't hear very well. What can I do?

My ear was in pain for about 2 days. I thought It was just an ear infection. The pain is gone now but I can't hear very well. What can I do?

Check it out: Pain in the middle ear can be many things, including viral issues that self heal or bacterial ones that may require antibiotics for quick resolution. With any, there is often accumulation of middle ear fluid that slows down the movement of the ear boned (suppresses hearing). It can take weeks to improve. The only way to know if it needs antibiotics is to have it checked. ...Read more

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When do I get my normal hearing back after an ear infection?

When do I get my normal hearing back after an ear infection?

After infection clea: It depends on the infection whether it is viral or bacterial and if there is residual fluid left behind the ear drum after the full course of antibiotics and reexamination by the doctor
if the infection has all clearedand there is no residual fluid behind the ear drum, your hering should return to normal gradually within 2to3 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you lose your hearing if you don't get an ear infection treated right away?

Can you lose your hearing if you don't get an ear infection treated right away?

Unlikely: In the era before abx, people just tolerated ear infections until the body cleared them (often took months).Doc's occasionally lanced the drum to let the pressure off, & some people eventually needed ear bone reconstruction after years of recurrent pbs. Now, abx rx will speed up the cure but you don't have to run to the er worried u will go deaf. ...Read more

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What treats a severe ear infection with throbbing? I can't hear hardly.

What treats a severe ear infection with throbbing? I can't hear hardly.

Severe ear infection: Is commonly treated with medications to reduce pain, decongest the nose, thin secretions and treat infection (if bacterial). ...Read more

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What treats a severe ear infection with throbbing? I can't hear hardly.

What treats a severe ear infection with throbbing? I can't hear hardly.

Severe ear infection: Is commonly treated with medications to reduce pain, decongest the nose, thin secretions and treat infection (if bacterial). ...Read more

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It feels like my ear has popped, and I can't really hear out of it? Does that mean I have an ear infection? I also have a cold now

It feels like my ear has popped, and I can't really hear out of it? Does that mean I have an ear infection? I also have a cold now

Fluid: Either there is fluid, infection or your Eustachian tube is blocked. If popping your ear doesn't make it feel better, see your doctor for an exam. Often Valsalva maneuvers will resolve the problem. All the best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have recently had an ear infection and now I have lost my hearing in that ear and its itchy?

What to do if I have recently had an ear infection and now I have lost my hearing in that ear and its itchy?

See a specialist: A ear infection may clear up but leave you with fluid in your middle ear that might take up to a month to clear, leaving you with decreased hearing. You may also have skin and wax debris in your ear from the infection, or, rarely, a nerve disorder which should be treated quickly by a specialist. ...Read more

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Had a bad ear infection that last few days, where my hearing was muffled and I couldn't hear, now if I pull my ear out it pops and I can hear. Normal?

Blocked ears: Yes can happen, your external ears can become blocked with wax/debris after infection, when you pull your ears out it pops and you can hear when the blockage becomes partially open, your doctor can perform ear wash or prescribe some ear drops to dissolve the impacted wax ...Read more

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Ear infection gone (or is better) I have lost some hearing and have ringing in my year is there fluid left when fluid leaves will I return to normal?

Ear infection gone (or is better) I have lost some hearing and have ringing in my year is there fluid left when fluid leaves will I return to normal?

Most likely: Up to half of all people with a properly treated ear infection will have residual fluid in the middle ear space. This fluid often will muffle sounds and cause hearing loss at some frequency. Once the cause of the infection (ie, a cold) has resolved and the swelling of the tube between the throat and the ear improved, your hearing should definitely improve. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had a bad ear infection and was prescribed amoxicillin for 5 days and ear drops. There is no pain but I still can't hear properly. Help?

Had a bad ear infection and was prescribed amoxicillin for 5 days and ear drops. There is no pain but I still can't hear properly. Help?

Fluid persists: The fluid debris of an ear infection will muffle the hearing and give you a feeling of fullness. It can persist from 3-6 weeks in some people. A return in pain or fever would suggest a recurrence. ...Read more

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Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Depends on variables: The inner ear nerve is contained well within the strongest bone in the body away from direct contact with fluids or germs. However, a viral infection can travel to the nerve and cause permanent hearing loss. The middle ear is subject to various viral or bacterial infections, with transient reduction unless chronic and untreated. The outer ear canal can swell with swimmers ear, with transient effect. ...Read more

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How long until hearing returns after ear infection?

How long until hearing returns after ear infection?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-4 wks. Most adults will improve within a week and may return to normal in 2 wks, some may take 3-4 wks. Infants and kids tend to take longer. ...Read more

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Why do you lose your hearing after an ear infection?

Why do you lose your hearing after an ear infection?

Fluid behind the ear: Ear infections typically cause accumulation of fluid and/or pus behind the eardrum, which causes increased pressure (and often pain) which causes decreased movement of the eardrum and the tiny little bones in your ear that amplify the sound waves into your inner ear. Decreased vibration = decreased hearing! ...Read more

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When will hearing resume after ear infection in adults?

Rule of thumb: 70% resolve fluid behind the eardrum within 30 days, 80% within 60, and 90% within 90 days. As the main reason behind hearing loss with ear infection is fluid behind the eardrum, use this as a guide. ...Read more

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Is losing your hearing when having an ear infection bad?

Is losing your hearing when having an ear infection bad?

Common problem: It is normal to experience a transient (weeks) decline in hearing when you have a middle ear infection. This can be as much as 40db and noticable. It should gradually return to baseline function after the infection clears. ...Read more

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Would loosing one's hearing be common after an ear infection?

It depends: If you still have fluid in your ear or continued inflammation (very common after ear infection) then you will often have a conductive hearing loss. If you have a nerve hearing loss (sensorineural) this is more serious. You should see an otolaryngologist to help differentiate between the two. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Infection (Definition)

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more