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Foreign Body, Ear (cont.)

Outlook

Most people recover completely after having a foreign object removed from the ear.

  • If the skin of the ear canal has been injured, antibiotic drops are frequently prescribed to prevent infection. Although most infections are minor, the severity and extent may affect the outcome.
  • Foreign objects can damage the eardrum and deeper structures of the ear. This damage can affect hearing. Such injuries are often best treated by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2014
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