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I've suddenly gone deaf in one ear. What could the problem

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I've suddenly gone deaf in one ear. What could the problem be?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 5 months ago.

Hello

Go straight to the ER

this can be sudden sensorineural hearling loss.

It can be permanent.

You need an immediate exam and steroid taper most likely.

You should not be using ear drops.

It can be as simple as wax on the drum, but if you are completely deaf, it is far more serious.

Go in now.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
There's a little crackling going on but can hear virtually nothing. Tried blowing my nose etc and it feels like a bubble needs popping inside the earWill head to the hospital if that's your recommendation.
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 5 months ago.

Yes.

Without a doubt.

Any other recommendation would be medically negligent.

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Let me know how this goes.

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