Hearing loss due to wax in ears

Posted by Don Higgins @dsh33782, Aug 25, 2019

I've had Oticon hearing aids with bluetooth for about 2 years now and love them. But my right ear has had a recent significant decline in hearing. When I turn on aids, I can barely hear the chime in the right ear. We have tried rincing out ear with drops and syringe several times and it helped a tille but still not back to normal. I've made appointment with ENT Specialist on Monday to see what he thinks. Any suggestions welcome on this problem and ways to avoid it.

@dsh33782
Hi,

Could be a number of things. I once had a piece of Q-tip stuck in one ear (don’t use those anymore) which muffled the sound. Could be impacted wax. My ENT said I could use wax removal occasionally. He also suggested I use mineral oil for my dry ears which get itchy sometimes and affect my hearing.
Have you checked your tubing? I’ve had a hairline split in tubing and now I retube my own BTEs more often. I’ve had tubing get clogged and sound was going in and out.
You said it improved slightly when you syringed so it’s likely there is some blockage. I see my ENT every 4 or 6 months for an inspection and cleaning of my ears and the Audi checks and cleans the aids. I bought mineral oil and droppers over a year ago and find that semi regular use keeps the ear canal open and prevents any wax hardening. Your ear could be inflamed without you knowing it. Once had an inflamed swollen ear without any discomfort and needed cortisone ear drops.
Hope it’s not the aid itself and that it is a simple matter for the ENT to resolve.
Let us know what it is. If you have any backup aids…try those and if the result is the same you know it’s your ears.

Regards from FL Mary

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There could be a number of simple things including ear wax, bug in ear, infection. Your ENT doctor should immediately get to the bottom of it. Good luck.

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You will be surprised at the probable increase in your hearing after the ENT cleans out your ears, I always do. I have decided it comes with wearing HAs. It may have to do with the anatomy and structure of your ear. My canals are very small and I only allow my ENT to do the job. Be careful who you allow to do so. I once allowed a hearing aid dispenser to clean out my ears and she really hurt me. Never let someone except a doctor of audiology or ENT clean out your ears. After you notice the difference Monday you will probably want to make future appointments with the ENT about every 3-6 months. I sure would like to know if you notice a change in your hearing. Best to you.

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@dorothynoz45

You will be surprised at the probable increase in your hearing after the ENT cleans out your ears, I always do. I have decided it comes with wearing HAs. It may have to do with the anatomy and structure of your ear. My canals are very small and I only allow my ENT to do the job. Be careful who you allow to do so. I once allowed a hearing aid dispenser to clean out my ears and she really hurt me. Never let someone except a doctor of audiology or ENT clean out your ears. After you notice the difference Monday you will probably want to make future appointments with the ENT about every 3-6 months. I sure would like to know if you notice a change in your hearing. Best to you.

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Hi, I have had 2 surgeries and ear tubes put in. The doctor has seen me 6 times in the past 6 months and indeed has cleared my ears each visit.

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I did see ENT yesterday. He removed some wax from both ears but not enough to cause noticeable loss of hearing. He did not find any other ENT issues, so now its back to ideologist today to check for issues with my right hearing aid as I still can barely hear the chime when turning it on etc.

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@dsh33782

I did see ENT yesterday. He removed some wax from both ears but not enough to cause noticeable loss of hearing. He did not find any other ENT issues, so now its back to ideologist today to check for issues with my right hearing aid as I still can barely hear the chime when turning it on etc.

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@dsh33782
Hi

Hope it’s a minor hearing aid problem and nothing more serious. Keep us posted.

Regards from FL Mary

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My right Oticon hearing aid OPN1 had moisture in the tube connector. My audiologist showed me the difference in color of the two tubes and the right one was noticeable yellower. She replaced the tub and it is working properly again. There was no charge and I'm still under warranty until June 2020.

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May sound like an odd question which is probably nothing to do with : slight hearing loss, tinnitus, eustachian tube pain night and day, pressure and fullness in ears and don't have family dr., but dr at emerge "sees nothing."… But my question is : both my daughter and I have tinnitus and we also have dry ear canals – no wax, no wax at all. (spouse is opposite) and I wonder if its almost like our ears need oiling !!
Having no dr. guidance I dont want to do the wrong thing and make things worse, although they could not be much more worse for me and I am in quite a lot of daily pain/pressure and tinnitus …. dare I try a little bit of olive oil on a qtip etc. or has this dryness nothing to do with it all? Why dont we have any ear wax, isnt that important to have normal amount? Thanks

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@lacy2
Hello, this is right up my alley. I have a profound hearing loss and also tinnitus. I have my ears checked by my ENT doctor every 4 or 5 months. I have very little wax but very dry ear canals. He told me over a year ago to use mineral oil in my ear canals on a regular basis. Do not use a Q Tip.
Buy a dropper and a bottle of mineral oil at the drugstore and put a few drops in each ear…once a day is enough. It's like moisturizer and doesn't build up. You will notice a difference in your hearing. You can use olive oil in a pinch.
Let the mineral oil sink into the canal and keep your head tilted for a few seconds.
This had nothing to do with tinnitus.
I am giving you this advice based on my Doctor's directions. I do this in both ears several times a week…usually at night when I remove my hearing aids .
Remember NO Q Tips…it will only push any debris or wax further into the canal.

Let me know how you did.

FL Mary

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@lacy2
I meant to add that you should see an ENT for the pain and pressure…not a regular Doctor. I really doubt a little moisturizer will make things worse before seeing someone else but , if you are hesitant, then just tell the doctor what my ENT recommends.

FL Mary

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Thank you for the advice. Probably lost in the thousands of comments on here but I saw ent Feb.2019 before this became so bad.. esp. pain/tinnitus/bit more hearing loss as had him years before to remove half thyroid. He checked up in sinus, at the time, and all OK. Fast forward to my familydoctor moving out of town, getting the ear pain and everything starting after bad sore throat and many meds; and now phone an online clinic. They thought ear infection pain but wasnt. Anyway, we have 2 ENTs where we live.. so Clinic contacted both Spring 2020 and I had a year wait for the one I had seen and a 2 year wait for other.
So after a year #1 2 months ago ent #1 phoned and gave me heck for 20 minutes – husband heard, about his problems during covid etc. etc. I couldnt believe it; after a week or so I wrote a very polite note saying I hope I hadnt upset him with anything I had said (had told him had 2 ocular migraines that morning and I think he thought I was diverting from ear issues??)..anyway ten days or so later he phoned again, spoke to my husband, said putting ear tubes in punctures eardrums fifty percent of the time, then spoke to me, thanked me for my letter and said I had taught him a lesson?? then spent next ten minutes talking about himself and never once asked me about my ears UNBELIEVABLE.

He wrote a report and sent to the Clinic mixing up a small problem I had Feb.2019 with their referral a year later….and sent me a copy – it is full of errors, and he attached some information printed about tinnitus etc. from internet dated 2014. I have other illnesses and was just too worn out to counter-act this report or contact him again. So I have no GP, no ENT. I went to emerge about 18 months ago and nothing was showing from sinus xray at the time, but right cheek a bit numb.

Thankfully this site has show me not a lot can be done about tinnitus and really not a lot with, if it is: eustachian tube pain, and its quite painful. Also echo, pressure etc.

As long as mineral oil wont damage my ears I will try and also tell my daughter about it… I am 77 and you would think I would have questioned no wax in ears before now, but why didn't ENT ever mention it, or my GP?Doesnt seem normal not to have any at all .

Sorry this is disjointed but just wanted to say how horrible it is in Northern Ontario with not many specialists and I cant travel cos of fecal incontinence.. but may have to ?? Have NP and Glaucoma amongst other things, its just getting too many things to deal with … bless you for trying to help, J.

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@lacy2
Hi

I have cousins in Ontario and I am assuming you are under the national universal healthcare system. I have heard numerous complaints about wait times to see Doctors and the doctor you spoke to sounds like a moron. I am so sorry that, with all your health issues, there are not many physicians or specialists available. How is the Nurse Practitioner situation in your area?
Many times they take a more caring detailed holistic approach to treating someone.

Have a friend who moved here permanently because of that. Try some warm compresses on your ear…may relieve some discomfort.And, by the way, I am 80 and I never questioned why I did not have much ear wax. I do know ear wax has antibacterial properties and dry ears are a result of little or no wax. What little you may have might be working it’s way out naturally.
My ENT explained that to me….some people just don’t have much. I was always prone to ear infections too so it’s all tied together.

So try the mineral oil and warm compresses…softer ear skin and some warm moisture therapy.
Just don’t get too aggressive. I think you will notice a difference.

Be as well as you can in those circumstances.

FL Mary

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