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Ear Wax Removal Treatment Elgin IL

Local resource for ear wax removal treatment in Elgin, IL. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to ear wax removal treatment, earwax removal supplies, ear candling, ear drops, and ear cleaners, as well as advice and content on ear wax build-up, ear infections, and hearing loss.

Osco Drug
(847) 695-7467
1038 Summit St
Elgin, IL
 
Cvs Pharmacy
(847) 695-2398
500 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL
 
Cvs Pharmacy
(630) 372-3120
1099 W Army Trail Rd
Bartlett, IL
 
Walgreen Drug Stores
(630) 213-5992
891 S Il Route 59
Bartlett, IL
 
Osco Drug
(630) 289-3777
760 W Army Trl
Bartlett, IL
 
Elgin Pharmacy
(847) 488-9273
417 Dundee Ave
Elgin, IL
 
Osco Drug
(847) 428-6431
340 Lake Maria Rd
Dundee, IL
 
Cvs Pharmacy
(630) 372-3310
101 Bartlett Plz
Bartlett, IL
 
Carol Stream Family Pharmacy
(630) 213-0800
998 W Army Trail Rd
Bartlett, IL
 
Walgreen Drug Stores
(847) 658-5598
1301 E Algonquin Rd
Algonquin, IL
 

Hearing Loss and Ear Wax

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October 27, 2008: 2:53 pm: Dr. Neil Sudden Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss and Ear Wax

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A lady wrote:

I read your article [" Sudden Hearing Loss Is a Medical Emergency "]Â as I am suffering a single-ear hearing loss. It started two days ago when I woke up. It felt like something was blocking my left ear. It was not very severe though. But today when I woke up, the hearing loss became intense. I read about how to hum and listen to it. I hear the hum louder in the blocked ear, so it’s not a serious problem (according to your article). But the weird thing is that I do not have cold at the moment, so how come that I have a blocked ear? Any suggestions for me?

Although an ear plugged by a cold is one common cause of hearing loss such as you describe, my first reaction is that your sudden hearing loss was likely caused by excess wax in your ear canals. Probably what happened is that a bunch of it fell off the sides of the ear canal and now has blocked off the whole ear canal causing the hearing loss. I’d suggest you have your doctor check out your ear canals and remove any excess wax if he finds any. Hopefully, that will solve your problem.

A few days later this lady confirmed my suspicions. She wrote: “I went to my doctor and he checked my left ear. He said that it was all wax. He told me to pour some warmed olive oil into my left ear and let it soften the wax inside my ear. I did this three times before coming back again the next day. He then performed a suction to my left ear and finally all the wax came out and I can hear very clearly now. He told me to regularly clean my ears to make sure it does not happen again.”

This incident is an example of where the “hum test” (see the above article link) comes in very useful for separating sudden hearing loss conditions that are true emergencies from those that are not. Although scary, sudden hearing loss does not always have dire consequences attached that require immediate treatment. It can be something as simple as ear wax blocking your ear canal. However, if in doubt, seek professional help immediately.

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