Can ear wax removal cause tinnitus?
December 6, 2010 9:50 PM Subscribe
Can an ENT-administered ear wax removal cause tinnitus?
posted by philosophistry to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I went to an ENT specialist in October because I thought my hearing might be going bad. The doctor then cleaned my ears using a suction tube and a pick of some sort, and pulled large amounts of wax from both ears.
For a week afterwards, I felt like I had super-human hearing. However, I did notice a ringing in my left ear when lying in bed or in the bathroom. It seems that when it's quiet, I hear this high-pitched humming in my left-ear. It's not loud enough to keep me from sleeping.
But I'm concerned that the cleaning could have caused it. The procedure hurt a lot, and it was extremely loud.
I went back to the ENT in November, and told him my concerns. He said that the ear cleaning didn't cause tinnitus after inspecting my ear drums, except maybe that by removing that wax, I was noticing sounds that I couldn't hear before. He said that if I still hear it after six weeks, that I come back for scans/tests to rule out more serious problems.
I don't like this ENT, he always seems rushed and unprofessional. When I discovered the tinnitus, my thoughts that flooded my mind were that I needed to sue him for damaging my ears.
What should I do? Did this guy seriously damage my ears through aggressive cleaning measures?