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Hearing Loss (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

When the cause of the hearing loss is unknown, it is best to seek medical attention.

  • If you know that earwax has built up in the ear, over-the-counter preparations can be used to soften the wax so that it can come out of the ear on its own.
  • Never use cotton swabs to probe into or clean the ear canal. Do not place cotton balls and liquids into the ear canal.
  • Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) to lower fever or pain until you can see a doctor.
  • If you have hearing loss that cannot be cured, hearing aids can be of great benefit.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2015
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