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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes constant bubbling sound in the ear?

Hello Doctor, My Q is about my ears and a bubbling sensation out of my right ear. I have had ear issues for years now especially my left ear, this question is going to be lengthy and detailed. In 2008 I noticed my hearing was deteriorating and I realized that I was not cleaning my ears properly, I went to the doctor’s office and they tried to do the water wash and did not work, so I took matter in my own hands and I dug out the wax buildup out of both ears and the wax was black in color, my hearing came back to normal, please note I was very careful in this self-procedure, I know many doctors do not allow what I have did but I needed to do something. My left ear is very sensitive to infection and if I don’t take care of this infection it spreads into my respiratory system and It’s not fun for me. I had this type of infection 5 times now since 2008. Even as of today I still take out black wax out of my left ear. For about a year and half now I have noticed my right ear make a bubbling sound when I am listening to music or watching a video with sound on my phone using built in speaker phone not using headphones, when I use the phones built in speaker and the phone is located to the left side of my head the bubbling in my right ear starts but goes away when I place the phone to the right side of my head. When I am watching TV and the volume is low the bubbling starts but goes away when I increase the volume and also if I plug my left ear with my figure the bubbling in my right ear goes away but when I unplug my left ear the bubbling returns. I hope you can help me understand my situation and take corrective measures. Thank you Fadzai Kangira YYYY@YYYY
Tue, 7 Aug 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Constant bubbling sound in the ear could be due to presence of wax in the ear or due to inner ear dysfunction. The fact that you would have removed the wax carefully, but still there could be some remnants left over. Hence, I would advise you to consult ENT specialist, who could do clinical evaluation of your external ear as well as perform certain tests to know the functioning status of your inner ear. According to the findings, appropriate treatment can be instituted.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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