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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Can`t Hear After Cleaning

09/09/2009

Question:

Doc, I can`t hear after cleaning my left ear. I put a large quantity of cotton in a cotton bud and after inserting and pulling it from my ear, i can`t hear anymore. I waited for a day if my hearing would return to normal but instead heard something like a buzzing sound.

Answer:

I recommend seeing an otolaryngologist right away. You may have gotten some of the cotton stuck in your ear canal or further impacted some wax (but you may also have injured your ear).

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Response by:

Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Director of Adults Cochlear Implantation Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati