13 doctors weighed in:
Could too much earwax lead to permanent hearing problems?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. John Chastain
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: No
Never say never, but ear wax impaction does not cause permanent hearing loss - only temporary loss until the wax is removed.

In brief: No
Never say never, but ear wax impaction does not cause permanent hearing loss - only temporary loss until the wax is removed.
Dr. John Chastain
Dr. John Chastain
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Dr. John Chastain
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Never say never, but ear wax impaction does not cause permanent hearing loss - only temporary loss until the wax is removed.

In brief: No
Never say never, but ear wax impaction does not cause permanent hearing loss - only temporary loss until the wax is removed.
Dr. John Chastain
Dr. John Chastain
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Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Wax may become very hard and the ear may hurt .
The hearing loss is reversible . You can flush ear with lukewarm water as long as you don't have a hole in the eardrum or had ear surgery . Do not use a q tip because if there is much wax you will pack it in. If the flush fails, see your ENT right away to get the wax out and make sure it's the right diagnosis.

In brief: No
Wax may become very hard and the ear may hurt .
The hearing loss is reversible . You can flush ear with lukewarm water as long as you don't have a hole in the eardrum or had ear surgery . Do not use a q tip because if there is much wax you will pack it in. If the flush fails, see your ENT right away to get the wax out and make sure it's the right diagnosis.
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
At worse wax leads to only a temporary loss.
Once the canal is cleared, hearing is restored.

In brief: No
At worse wax leads to only a temporary loss.
Once the canal is cleared, hearing is restored.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. George Valdez
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Doubtful
If the earwax is removed correctly, the hearing issue cause by this should improve.

In brief: Doubtful
If the earwax is removed correctly, the hearing issue cause by this should improve.
Dr. George Valdez
Dr. George Valdez
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