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How long will I not be able to hear out of my left ear with an ear infection?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Hearing & Ear Infect

Fluid may persists for weeks after an ear infection -- 60% clear by 4 weeks, 75% clear by 8 weeks, and 95% clear by 12 weeks after infection.
Gently, trying blowing your nose, hoping to clear your ears. Taking an oral decongestant may help, but "clearing" the ears with valsalva (popping the ears) maneuvers works best. It should not hurt, and may not clear with each attempt. Keep trying.

In brief: Hearing & Ear Infect

Fluid may persists for weeks after an ear infection -- 60% clear by 4 weeks, 75% clear by 8 weeks, and 95% clear by 12 weeks after infection.
Gently, trying blowing your nose, hoping to clear your ears. Taking an oral decongestant may help, but "clearing" the ears with valsalva (popping the ears) maneuvers works best. It should not hurt, and may not clear with each attempt. Keep trying.
Dr. Robert Knox
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 10-21 days

Maybe sooner depending on how inflammed and how much fluid there is behind the eardrum.

In brief: 10-21 days

Maybe sooner depending on how inflammed and how much fluid there is behind the eardrum.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Usually < 3 months

When you get fluid behind your ear drum from an ear infection, or sometimes from just a cold, 50% of people will have the fluid clear up in one month, 70% by 2 months, and 90% by 3 months.
If it is still there after that, you should see an ENT who might recommend putting a tube in to drain the fluid and may also put a scope through your nose there is not a blockage of the drainage from the ear.

In brief: Usually < 3 months

When you get fluid behind your ear drum from an ear infection, or sometimes from just a cold, 50% of people will have the fluid clear up in one month, 70% by 2 months, and 90% by 3 months.
If it is still there after that, you should see an ENT who might recommend putting a tube in to drain the fluid and may also put a scope through your nose there is not a blockage of the drainage from the ear.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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