Symptoms of an Impacted Ear

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Symptoms of an impacted ear include a pressure sensation, hearing loss and ringing in the ears, or tinnitus. Discover the reason why Q-tips should be avoided when treating impacted ears with information from a neurologist and otologist in this free video on ear problems and hearing.

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Hello, this is Doctor Jack Shohet and I'm here to talk about some of the symptoms of an impacted ear. The most common symptoms of an impacted ear would be fullness, or pressure sensation in the ear. If it is completely impacted, you'll have a hearing loss, and finally there can also be some ringing or roaring, also known as tinnitis, or tinnitis. An impacted ear usually occurs as a result of some substance, usually wax, occupying the ear canal. Since wax never grows in the part of the ear canal that's close to the eardrum, it's usually being pushed down there, possibly by Q-tips. Wax that needs to come out, typically comes out on it's own. So when you feel compelled to remove wax from your ear canal, just take a washcloth, put it on the end of your finger, and just clean it out in the shower.

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