Top 20 Doctor insights on: I can t hear in one ear

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I can't hear out of one ear what can it be?

I can't hear out of one ear what can it be?

Hopefully wax: Many possibilities including wax, middle ear fluid, inflammation of your hearing nerve. You need to have someone look inside your ear preferably an ENT doctor. If there is no wax you need a hearing test. If you have something called "sudden deafness" then medication needs to be started asap. Although the vast majority of patients who call my office with your complaint have wax, don't assume it is. ...Read more

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Ear irrigation: After the procedure, I still can't hear through one ear very well. Is this normal? How long should I wait before checking back in?

DO NOT WAIT!: You must contact your Ear specialist as soon as possible.
I am wearing hearing aids and it could be annoying. That said, I am very glad to have the hearing aids. ...Read more

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I think I have a sinus infection. Now I can't hear out of one ear. Could it be an ear infection? Should I go to the doctor?

I think I have a sinus infection. Now I can't hear out of one ear. Could it be an ear infection? Should I go to the doctor?

Wait/go your call: Some of these begin viral and end up bacterial. Both could self heal when your immune system kicks I but that could take months. To sort out whether prescription meds are needed and what those would be you need to see your doc. ...Read more

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I can’t hear properly out of one ear and it is extremely painful?

I can’t hear properly out of one ear and it is extremely painful?

Sounds like: Impacted Ear wax!! and an accompanying Otitis. You need a hands on exam and removal of any wax to begin with...

a walk in unit (Urgent Care Unit) visit is appropriate!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can earwax build up damage hearing? My mom was cleaning my ears out & I suddenly can't hear out of one ear. Any solutions? It doesn't hurt.  

Can earwax build up damage hearing? My mom was cleaning my ears out & I suddenly can't hear out of one ear. Any solutions? It doesn't hurt.  

Yes: There are 2 possible explanations for why you have hearing loss. Fist of all, depending on how your mom cleaned your ears, she may have pushed the wax further in and created an impaction causing hearing loss. Secondly, the cleaning process may have damaged the canal or tympanic membrane. Have your physician take a look inside and will know immediately which it is. ...Read more

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Why can't I hear out of one ear?

Why can't I hear out of one ear?

A few things: Could be simply ear wax. Or something wrong with the hearing organ. See an ENT doc. ...Read more

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I am nooticing hearing difficulties in only one ear. Next steps?

See below: Wax or fluid
wax can wash out in shower sometimes
try benedryl if fever or pain see ENT to eval for otitis media
needs antibiotics. ...Read more

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear?

Sudden hearing loss in one ear?

Presuming no trauma: Don't sit on this. In most cases the cause is never figured out (called idiopathic) but the known causes are serious, ranging from nerve infection, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, a mass, migraines, or vascular events like a stroke. You need imaging and immediate treatment which would be provided at the discretion of the clinician. The rapidity & unilateral presentation are concerning. ...Read more

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If I have hearing loss in one ear is it possible that the other gets better?

If I have hearing loss in one ear is it possible that the other gets better?

No: In fact, one-sided hearing loss causes a loss of spatial discrimination of sound, which makes understanding speech in crowded situations more difficult. The brain will actually lose this capacity with disuse, so the best treatment is to amplify the failing ear with a hearing aid. The sooner, the better. ...Read more

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear for a few seconds. Is this anything to worry about?

Sudden hearing loss in one ear for a few seconds. Is this anything to worry about?

Sudden loss hearing: If it only occurred for a few seconds, not likely of any concern. If it recurs, worsens, or lasts longer- then you need to seen ENT specialist asap. ...Read more

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Hearing difficulties in one ear from grinding on that side. Feels plugged all the time?

Hearing difficulties in one ear from grinding on that side. Feels plugged all the time?

Check up: You may have to see an ENT doctor for a good examination of ears. You may have a simple problem as wax or a middle ear problem otosclerosis, or serous otitis media or may have even sensorineural deafness-- gutti rao md-internal medicine, ms. ...Read more

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Experiencing high pitched noise followed by pressure then hearing loss in one ear regularly.

Experiencing high pitched noise followed by pressure then hearing loss in one ear regularly.

High pitch: You MUST make an appointment to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor!
All should go well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Hi, my audioligist said I have a conductive hearing loss in one ear. 2k on up and is 80 decibel loss. I had this for 4 years. What can cause this.?

Hi, my audioligist said I have a conductive hearing loss in one ear. 2k on up and is 80 decibel loss. I had this for 4 years. What can cause this.?

Many reasons: It can be related to middle ear fluid, fixation of your hearing bones, or loss of integrity of your hearing bones. It may also be related to chronic infection. To determine the exact cause, you need to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus in one ear with no hearing loss be fixed?

Can tinnitus in one ear with no hearing loss be fixed?

Depends on the cause: There are many different things that cause tinnitus. I recommend you see an otolaryngologist for a full evaluation. Be prepared with your medical ; surgical history and write down ahead of time all the medications (even herbals ; vitamins) that you're taking. Plan to discuss when your problem started and the quality of the tinnitus (high-pitched? Rushing sound? Continuous? Rhythmic? Etc...). ...Read more

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What does an ENT do when you come in with sudden hearing loss in one ear?

What does an ENT do when you come in with sudden hearing loss in one ear?

A hearing test: The first step is to determine the type and severity of the hearing loss by testing in a sound proof booth. The doctor will also examine and clean the ears. Many types of sudden hearing loss require urgent treatment. Call an ear, nose and throat specialist today. ...Read more

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Is an acoustic neuroma always the cause of high frequency hearing loss in one ear only with tinnitus, in 19yr old?

Is an acoustic neuroma always the cause of high frequency hearing loss in one ear only with tinnitus, in 19yr old?

No: High frequency hearing loss may be secondary to noise, inefection, or inherited. Hearing loss in one ear should be evaluated by an ENT doctor to determine cause ...Read more

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Reduced hearing in one ear, occasional mild pain and slight occasional popping when I swallow and sensitivity to sound. Hearing loss, infection or fluid?

Reduced hearing in one ear, occasional mild pain and slight occasional popping when I swallow and sensitivity to sound. Hearing loss, infection or fluid?

Allergies?: Taking all the symptoms into account, you may have allergies. In addition, you may have a deviated nasal septum which would explain why your symptoms are predominately on one side. And ENT physician visit will be a good idea. ...Read more

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Can getting water in one's ear when showering cause damage/hearing loss?

Can getting water in one's ear when showering cause damage/hearing loss?

Shower water in ear: Getting water in one's ear during shower will not cause a middle ear infection or hearing loss. A very distant possibility is an external ear infection like in swimmer's ear. ...Read more