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When will normal hearing after a major ear infection come back?

When will normal hearing after a major ear infection come back?

When Healed: Not only when the infection is gone, but the fluid and damage is totally healed. This can take an average of 2-6 weeks in kids. ...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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When does normal hearing come back after an ear infection?

When does normal hearing come back after an ear infection?

2-4 weeks: If not, then you should have your ears checked again to see if the infection is still present. You can also have fluid that remains after the infection, but that should be followed to make sure it resolves. ...Read more

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When does your hearing usually come back from an ear infection?

When does your hearing usually come back from an ear infection?

Depends: After an ear infection from behind your middle ear resolves, the hearing returns after the ear drum swelling resolves as well as the fluid accumulation in your middle ear. This can take up to 90 days, though most resolve within 30. ...Read more

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Inner ear infection is my hearing going to come back?

Inner ear infection is my hearing going to come back?

Inner ear infection: Your hearing should return but it my take several weeks for it to happen. ...Read more

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Lost the majority of hearing in one ear from ear infection. Will it come back when cured?

Lost the majority of hearing in one ear from ear infection. Will it come back when cured?

Hearing should: Most often hearing loss during an acute ear infection is due to fluid in the middle ear space. This usually resolves and hearing returns to normal after treatment. A follow up visit for an ear recheck and hearing screen is warranted ...Read more

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What to do about ear infections that come back?

What to do about ear infections that come back?

May Need ENT: A true ear infection may improve naturally. But if the symptoms persist, the doctor may need to prescribe antibiotics. . I would wait no more than a week. If they are persistant, an ENT consult and tubes may be necessary. ...Read more

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Why did my ear infection pain come back a few days after starting floxin (ofloxacin)? Not as bad as it was but this is my 3rd abx.

Why did my ear infection pain come back a few days after starting floxin (ofloxacin)? Not as bad as it was but this is my 3rd abx.

Ear infection: You may have a recurrence of pain because of serous fluid resulting from infection. See your doctor for possible use of steroids to help relieve pain and dry the fluid. ...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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Why do my ear infections keep coming back even after I take medicine?

Why do my ear infections keep coming back even after I take medicine?

Chronic otitis : One possibility, if it is a middle ear infection, is poor function of the eustachain tube which drains the middle ear space into the back of the throat. Another is the presence of a resistant organism. For external otitis recurrence can be due to swimming, incomplete eradication of the bacteria, allergies, eczema in the ear canal, fungal infection, or cellulitis of the ear canal. ...Read more

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What should I do about ear infections that keep coming back?

What should I do about ear infections that keep coming back?

Recurrent OM: Recurrent ear infection is treated by low dose prophylactic antibiotics, if fails may need a surgery (tube insertion in tympanic membranes) .
Thank you. ...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?

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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How long does it take to get back my hearing lost due to an ear infection?

It varies.: Usually the fluid in the middle ear resolves by 3 months. There are some things that can be done to speed it up. Talk with your doctor. If the fluid has not resolved by three months I will offer patients a tube placement to remove the fluid. This can be done in the office. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hearing to return to normal after ear infection?

How long does it take for hearing to return to normal after ear infection?

Hearing: After an ear infection, the ear drum will be swollen and there could be fluid in the middle ear. Both of these problems need to resolve before your hearing will get better. In children, there are those who take over 3 months for this process. For adults, we don't tolerate it that long. If your hearing isn't back to normal within a month, you should really see an ENT for a full ear evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do about ear infection (bullous myringitis); when will I get my hearing back?

What to do about ear infection (bullous myringitis); when will I get my hearing back?

See a doctor. Maybe.: Bullous myringitis is usually treated with antibiotics prescribed by your physician. About your hearing, if this is occurring after many ear infections you might have some hearing loss. If this is an isolated incident, give it a week to clear up the infection and start healing, as fluid clears out of the infection, you will be able to hear better. ...Read more

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I have ear infection (bullous myringitis); when will I get my hearing back, what to do for treatment?

I have ear infection (bullous myringitis); when will I get my hearing back, what to do for treatment?

Ear infections: In general, I would normally tell a patient to see there doctor to treat ear infections if there is pain and hearing will eventually return if treated. ...Read more

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Prescribed cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) drops for an ear infection, placed 2 drops in the left ear and immediately experienced moderate hearing loss. Is this normal?

Prescribed cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) drops for an ear infection, placed 2 drops in the left ear and immediately experienced moderate hearing loss. Is this normal?

Check in w your doc: Best to return to see your doctor. Isn't clear why you are having hearing loss. Your doctor can examine your ear canal and see if there is any redness, swelling or blockage. ...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?

See a specialist: An 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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My son has an ear infection. The doctors have prescribed him with amoxicillin. How do I know that it has cleared as it has effected his hearing?

Visualization: Following a typical course of antibiotics for an ear infection, follow up in 2-4 weeks so your provider can look at the ear drums with an otoscope is important. At times, the infection will clear enough to not produce symptoms, but fluid will remain (this tends to get re-infected). In general, ppeople on the correct medication will start to feel relief from their symptoms within 2-3 days. ...Read more

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I am overcoming an ear infection and now my ear is very blocked, my hearing is muffled and my ear is ringing and it has been like this for 4 days.

Ear infection: This can be a common occurence after an ear infection and it is due to residual fluid. This may take up to three months to resolve but your symptoms should lessen sooner. It also could be your current antibiotic is not effective and may need to be switched to a new one. I would suggest you get your ears rechecked. ...Read more

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Progressive hearing loss after ear infection. How can I prevent this?

Ear tubes: Patients who have an effusion or "fluid" present behind the ear drum for more than 90 days may have permanent damage to the hearing mechanism. For this reason patients who have fluid deep to the ear drum are often given ear tubes. This is a five-minute office procedure for adult patients. Topical anesthetic is place on the ear drum, a microscopic cut placed, and a tube inserted in the incision. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have hearing loss or ear infection?

I need help! How do I know if I have hearing loss or ear infection?

See your doctor: Have your ear examined by your primary doctor to look for evidence of infection. They doctor should also be able to test you for hearing loss or refer you to a place where you can be tested ...Read more

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I'm terrified about hearing loss from this ear infection, what do I do?

No worries: All ear infections result in temporary hearing loss. It is because of fluid in the ears. It is not permanent... And you will be fine. Craniosacral therapy and chiropractic can help assist the fluid to drain out of the ear faster. So do not worry... All will be well. ...Read more

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Questions about my ear infection... how long before I should see improvement of hearing? And when will the drainage stop

Questions about my ear infection... how long before I should see improvement of hearing? And when will the drainage stop

Ear infection: Depends on the amount of tissue swelling, eustachian tube function, efficacy of antibiotics, whether perforation is present, drainage, etc. Could be as little as 5-7 days. If no TM perforation, the initial recovery is three weeks. Some infections need antibiotic tx for three weeks, perhaps longer. If residual fluid in middle ear, could take some time to clear until ET functioning normally. ...Read more

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I had an ear infection with stuff draining out of my ear and I used garlic for it. It's stopped but I'm still having trouble hearing from my ear.

I had an ear infection with stuff draining out of my ear and I used garlic for it. It's stopped but I'm still having trouble hearing from my ear.

Ear infection: The ear canal may be stuffed with wax for which you can use a mucolytic available over the counter.Likewise, the garlic may be clogging the ear. ...Read more

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How can I improve hearing loss caused by ear infections naturally?

How can I improve hearing loss caused by ear infections naturally?

Some directions: First, make sure that infection completely gone, that sinuses and mastoids are clear, and eustachian tube is fully patent. Also, check that no cerumen is blocking external auditory canal. Get updated audiogram to objectify your ability to hear, and if there is severe issue, modern hearing aides would really help. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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