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Hard of hearing

I'm 37 I've had a virus about 3 weeks ago which has left me with a slight stuffy nose not constant but what is constant is my hearing is muffled and I struggle hearing normally, volume has to be loud, family members need to raise voice so I can clearly hear what they say it's starting to frustrate me and affect my anxiety I've tried everything nothing worked any advice? Will it sort its self eventually?

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Hello to Thehawksleys,

You have not said whether you have taken any medication for the virus, but I would make an appointment to see your doctor to make sure there is no infection remaining in your ears, and to seek his/her advice on what to do about your sudden deafness.

If you live in England, you could try phoning the NHS helpline No. 111 to ask advice on what to do about this. They will be able to point you in the right direction. Another person to ask advice from, also if UK resident, is your pharmacist - I always find they are very helpful and knowledgeable and can usually give an instant answer! Good luck and best wishes for an improvement soon - Curleytop1.

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Hello-

Seeing a doctor sounds like a must here. I know you said you'd tried everything, but just in case everything doesn't include the following, I'll leave what I would do. Your ears could be plugged with mucus from your sinuses. I would start with guaifenesin, i.e. Mucinex, to try and thin the mucus and allow it to drain. Go strain for the 1200mg time released 12 hour dose. Staying a little extra hydrated will help with this. If that doesn't help on its own, add pseudoephedrine. Decongestants work by drying up mucus, which is it doesn't work completely, can result in it the mucus just getting thicker and harder to drain, which is why I would not use it if you do not have to. You can also add an antihistamine. Perhaps what you thought was a virus is actually a new allergy. That's about all one can do with OTC meds. I would see a doctor regardless, but especially if the above doesn't work, a doctor is really the only other option.

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Are you sure it was a virus? I dyed my hair with indigo once and had an allergic reaction that was very similar to a cold, I thought I had a cold too, so my ears were first really painful inside (like there was pressure from the inside of my head), then itchy and then it was a sensation of a pillow over my ears and i could not hear well. Took me awhile to figure out it was allergic reaction. I took desloratadine (Aerius) and everything went back to normal in about 3 days.

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Hello, I had a nasty ear infection last summer, had two courses of antibiotics and a spray at the time but was left with a plugged/blocked ear. Went to the GP about five times in total, probably needed a referral but didn’t get one. GP thought I might have a build up of catarrh behind eardrum as a result of the infection. Used Sudafed and Ibuprofen which helped a little, main thing that helped though was menthol inhalation crystals and menthol chewing gum. As a result of colds/hayfever this year the symptoms have returned though so going back to GP in two weeks time to ask for a referral.

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