I am an 18 year old female. I do have a slight hearing problem on my right side. When I asked my dad if he knew what had caused it he said when I was younger I had put a q- tip in to far. That had cause a small tear in my ear drum. I have noticed over the past years that if I do not clean my ears frequently my right ear will start to hurt. However for the last week or so I have completely lost hearing in my right ear all except for a high pitched ringing noise and this has lasted for the longest so far about an hour. It has happened 3 times in the last week or two. Should I be worried and visit a ear specialist or is this something that occurs with people normally. Perhaps could it possibly be the tear being worse if so what can they do for it to stop or slow the progression from furthering its self. Please leave any information or advice you might have. Thank you for your time.