Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Question


I went to an E.N.T specialist for cleaning ear wax , he used steel curret on spot to remove wax without even prescribing soda glycerin drops and started to clean solid wax, during process he successfully cleaned wax from my left ear but when he was working with my right ear, I felt sharp pain and I stopped him right there, when I reached home , it was bleeding and I lost around 50% of my hearing, when I woke up next day I could barely listen around 5% from that ear and also had tinnitus on same side, it has been 10 days I went to different doctors, tried different antibiotics , corticosteroid drops and NSAID still I can't improve hearing on my affected ear (right one), ringing is also there and is very disturbing , since last 5 days I have been prescribed soda glycerin drops so doctor can clear wax over the ear drum as he thinks that wax is culprit, and he also said that my ear drum has been scratched , any idea ? sorry for writing long and Thanks .

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Answered by:
Shafi Ullah Khan

Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Your doctor is right. Cerumen / wax deposition can cause such symptoms and scratching may make it infected. Removing wax however with out glycerine or any other softener was out of the box and may be wax was not that solid your ENT might have seen in otoscope. Trust your otolaryngologist and do what he tells you to.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

Answered by:
Bhupinder HirA

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.

I can understand your concern for these symptoms as tinnitus is really disturbing to the mental well being.

Ear wax is an important cause of tinnitus and you should get your ear examined by another ENT specialist to check if the was has been removed completely or not. Moreover since you were bleeding after the wax removal and had pain; hence any trauma causing collection of blood inside the ear and rupture of tympanic membrane should be ruled out.

Possibility of infection is also there which may be causing these symptoms.

You need to consult an ENT specialist to get your ear examined and get these possibilities ruled out. Treatment is diagnosis specific.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and regards.

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