Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Fluid in the Ears Cause Hearing Loss?

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 04:39 PM

Question: My mom has serious hearing loss. She has tried two hearing aids and they did not help. She says she feels like there is fluid in her ears. What should she do?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Your mother is probably right. Hearing loss caused by obstructive wax in the external canal or fluid in the middle ear will prevent hearing amplifiers from working. It is the most common reason (except for battery failure) for hearing aids to seem like they are no longer working.
 
She should go to her family physician who will be able to provide an answer on the spot. A simple attachment to the doctor's otoscope will allow for a quick check. Some doctors have an electronic tympanometer that can also help diagnose a problem.
 
More involved testing is rarely needed. If fluid is in the middle ear, it can be cleared in short order, usually within 7 to 14 days. If tinnitus — ringing in the ears — or other conditions are detected, it might be worth seeing an ear, nose, and throat specialist for an evaluation.

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Your mother is probably right. Hearing loss caused by obstructive wax is common.
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