Q. How to treat partial hearing loss due to fluid buildup in the middle ear?

Answered by
Dr. Oliyath Ali
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 27, 2022

Hi doctor,

I have fluid build-up in the middle ear and partial hearing loss in the affected ear. I have no pain, irritation, drainage, fever, or headaches. Should I seek a solution, such as getting it drained or medicated? Should I just let it try to resolve itself? Please give suggestions. I have a childhood history of ear infections, never without any pain. I am taking Doxycycline, Clindamycin, and Differin.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

Build up of fluid in the middle ear is called otitis media with effusion (OME). It usually happens because of eustachian tube (ET) blockage. ET is the tube connecting the middle ear with the back of the nose called the nasopharynx. Through this tube, the secretions and mucus drain into the nose, and also this tube serves to equalize the air pressure on both sides of the tympanic membrane so that it can vibrate optimally. ET tube gets blocked because of inflammation of its opening in the nasopharynx after a cold or flu. It would help if you took mucolytics, systemic decongestants, and nasal decongestants.

You can book a video consultation with me, and I will write the drugs in the prescription.

I hope you find it helpful.

Kind regards.

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