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Ear Damage after Suction Cleaning?

Five weeks ago I was about to go on vacation and do a lot of swimming so I figured I would have the wax suctioned out of my ear as a precaution which I have done periodically with no problems in the past.  Since then, I had pain in my right ear.  I also have feeling of fullness or like my ear has to pop and I can tell that there is swelling most likely in my inner ear.  Well, two ENT's have looked into my ear and saw nothing wrong on the outside of the ear. I asked one of them why I have pain on the inside of my ear and he literally just scratched his head and then charged me quite a bit.  My concern is that some type of permanent damage may have been done.  Could one of the ligaments holding the malleus in place have broken or some other type of damage have been done?  I'm becoming frustrated because no one can see anything wrong but I can feel that something is definately not right.  My hearing test came back fine but I do feel a very slight change, as if I can't feel vibrations in that ear.  Has anyone ever experienced anything like this and do they have recommendations for a doctor - ( in the northeast).  It seems as though the normal ENT doctors don't want to deal with anything that doesn't fall into a "standard" problem.

Thank you.
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Your problem may not be related to ear wax suctioning. it could be due to other causes like a throat infection. There are tubes called 'Eustachian  tubes' which connect the middle ear to the throat, this balances the air pressure in the ears. This tube can get  blocked due to infections of the throat, which can give lead to a feeling of fullness in the ears. This can also result in infection of the ears. The blocked ears can be opened up by the valsalva maneuver, where air is blown into the cheeks against a closed nostrils, this sometimes helps to open up the tubes. Steam inhalations and warm salt water gargles can help clear the tube. Please consult your family physician.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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No, I had the exact same problem straight after a suction and the doctor cannot see anything wrong with my ear.
The only conclusion was nerve damage due to suction and the feeling of fullness remains today after 18 months  and nobody can do anything about this.  In fact, where previously there was no hearing loss whatsoever or any kind of irritation and now I've ended up with a nightmare only because the doctor thought there a earwax build up which could do with cleaning out.  Previously, had syringing done many years ago without any kind of problem. Never go for a suction unless you want to live with a nightmare all your life.
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