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If you have any of the following symptoms, or if you are uncertain about the cause of your ear symptoms, go to the topic Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 12 and Older or Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger:

  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Ear pain or drainage from the ear
  • Fever
  • Injury to the ear
  • You think that your eardrum is ruptured.

Do you have earwax buildup and other ear problems?

If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.

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Last Updated: January 09, 2012
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