Q. I have decreased hearing in both the ears. Is it caused due to impacted earwax?

Answered by
Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 03, 2021

Hi doctor,

I am a 30-year-old male with a weight of 63 kilograms and a height of five feet. I have decreased hearing in both ears. I think that there is a wax formation and it blocks the ways. Please suggest an ear drop to get relief.



Welcome to

You can have impacted wax. This causes extreme frustration and blocks the entire ear canal. This results in pain and decreased hearing. Try to follow these measures to have relief. Stop using earbuds at any cost. It can introduce a new infection in the ear canal and cause folliculitis. Cleaning your ear on your own is a blind technique and you can traumatize the ear canal and eardrum. The wax usually falls on its own due to jaw movements. But it can be further pushed into the ears and it can cause trouble while cleaning the ears on your own.

You can use Soliwax ear drops (Benzocaine with Paradichlorobenzene) or Ear wax dissolvent ear drops three drops three times a day for five days. This will liquefy the impacted ear wax and it gradually subsides pain and inflammation. If there is no relief, it is best to do suctioning of the retained impacted contents by consulting an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. The wax dissolvent just liquefies the wax and it does not remove it completely. So it is best to do suctioning of the impacted contents when there is no relief after using ear drops. Once the blob is removed, then you can have immediate relief from the symptoms.

Was this answer helpful?


Same symptoms doesn’t mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Related Questions:
What causes testicles to turn dark?

.. have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the differentiation is quite clear. You need to work up for your treatment as with age it can progress, few autoimmune conditions needs to be identified as it can also affect ...   Read full

Why is there pain in my ear even after using ear drops?

.. is not so, as you have an infection in the outer part of the ear. It is called as otitis externa. In this condition, there will be a severe aching pain in the outer ear. The cause of otitis externa may be due to a humid environment, any micro-inju...   Read full

What does my MRI taken for dizziness and headaches indicate?

.. the issue. In my opinion, the finding in your MRI suggests that some of the nerve coverings (neuronal coverings) in your brain have weakened. The changes are subtle, not to that extent when we can call it a disease. Giddiness you have is very less...   Read full


Also Read Answers From:

ideaComprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Also Read

Management of Coronasomnia
Coronasomnia refers to increased sleep problems among people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the below article to get...  Read more»
Balantidiasis - Causes, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Balantidiasis is a rare bacterial infection caused by a parasite called Balantidium coli. Read the article below to know...  Read more»
JAK Inhibitors in Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Doctors mainly suggest JAK or Janus kinase inhibitors for patients with rheumatoid arthritis to ease their symptoms. Rea...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask an ENT Otolaryngologist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.