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Hearing lost, numbness in outer ear, no pain. No ear wax came while removing. Cause?

Yesterday morning I had a slight muffled ear sensation as if I had a cold and my ear was affected. I don't have a cold and am not sick in any other manner.
In a matter of about 6 hours my hearing was totally diminished to almost nothing. I cannot hear anything out of my ear if I plug the other ear and listen. I also have the weird sensation of numbness surrounding my outer ear.
I do not have pain, I have tried earwax removal oil stuff and flushed with a bulb and do not get any ear wax.
Can compacted earwax be the cause of this weird dilemma or is it possible I have something else going on?
It is scary to think I have lost my hearing in one ear in such a short time.
Asked On : Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is understandable to be concerned.
There are different possible causes of acute hearing loss. These are: (1)viral infection

(2)reduction in blood supply to the cochlea (part of the ear involved in hearing). This can occur due to a blockage of a blood vessel

(3)immune related inner ear disease

(4) rupture of a membrane within the cochlea

It would be best to see an ENT doctor for assessment and treatment.If you do not know an ENT doctor then your GP can refer you.

I hope this helps
Answered: Thu, 17 Oct 2013
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