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.
See an ent dr. Wax might have fallen down on the ear drum, and just need to be removed, but he's the best one to do it. I had a hearing loss as a teen already, In my case it was hereditary, my grandfather was deaf at 12, my dad was deaf as an adult. My bro and I could hardly miss it. But an ent now may help you prevent that.
Hole and tears can sometimes repair themselves but a scar can affect hearing. I agree with KM, you probably have wax build up. Q-tips are horrible to use in your ears because they dont clean ears "out", the push wax further in and compact the wax blocking the ear canal. I have seen docs pull out impacted wax as big as the end of my little finger from ears of people using q-tips. You may also have fluid building up but my guess is that it is wax. Havent you ever heard the expression "Never stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear"?
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