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Extreme pain on ear cleaning
An_187769 posted:
I'm 63 and have been wearing hearing aids for about 3 years now for MINOR hearing loss. I now have a terrible wax build-up problem, but each time the nurse or audiologist tries to suction out the wax, I experience extreme sudden pain which makes me jump involuntarily - like having a tooth drilled and the nerve being hit! Each time, they just gave up after a little wax was removed. Last Friday I decided to give it a try again, but the audiologist was afreaid that damage would be done to my ear by my sudden movement. They just throw up their hands and tell me that it's unusual for so much pain to be experienced with a simple ear cleaning! I have always had very sensitive ears (wind causes severe pain). What should I do? I'm getting very frustrated as I cannot wear my hearing aids at all and I can hardly hear anything because my left ear is completely blocked. What could be the cause of this?
Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Anon_166843,

I just want to give you some WebMD information about earaches that you may find helpful:

Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older, Topic Overview .

I'm sure Dr Moser will weigh in but remember that it's not possible for anyone to be diagnosed over the internet.

Take care!

- Annie
Check out Dr Moser's Family Webicine blog!

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