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Temporary hearing loss and sinus infection

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I recently developed severe congestion in my head and behind my ears. After a few days, I went to an ENT doctor, who prescribed Biaxin antibiotics, along with several nose sprays, and cipro ear drops. The doctor had said, upon examination that yes, there was a wax buildup in one ear - which she removed, and that the other ear was all red, and about to explode.

THe question I have is - because the hearing loss is worse after 5 days, how long will this take to subside? Will it be necessary to relieve the pressure and release the fluid, by inserting a needle into my ear? Is this dangerous?

How long before this hearing loss becomes permanenta/

Thanks so much.

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