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I wear a hearing aid and scratched my right ear as it was itchy

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I wear a hearing aid and scratched my right ear as it was itchy after flying .The next day it was blocked and I went to the doctor there who gave me Sodium Bicarbonate drps to put in both ears. When I did so I found by yesterday that hearing in both ears has much diminished and is now almost non existant.I am anxious as in the right ear the doctor could not see the eardrum and wonder if this will be permanent. What do you advise please? I switched to olive oil in the left and left the right ear on the advice of a very tired doctor at A and E yesterday.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
Dr. David :

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Dr. David :

it sounds like you most likely have excessive wax impaction in your ear canal.

Dr. David :

and you need to get this cleared before your hearing improves.

Dr. David :

your doctors should be helping you by clearing out your ear wax.

Dr. David :

this can be difficult and dangerous to do this yourself.

Dr. David :

your doctors can take a curettage and otoscope and help clear out your ear wax.

Customer:

My right ear feels rather uncomfortable and the right side of my throat does too. Does this indicate an infection?

Dr. David :

it could indicate an inner ear infection.

Dr. David :

but you have to get all of that ear wax out

Dr. David :

so the doctors can see the ear drum.

Dr. David :

the doctors should be helping you get the ear wax out.

Customer:

Thank you

Dr. David :

the sodium bicarbonate ear drops just soften the wax.

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