Decrease of Hearing After Facelift? It's Been Almost 2 Months and my Ears Feel Blocked.

It's bee almost 2 months and my ears still feel like they are blocked up with something. My hears seems to be muffled. I have flush my ears multiple times with ear flushes without result. Doctor says this is normal.

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Decreased Hearing 2 Months after Facelift

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Decreased hearing 2 months after your facelift is probably secondary to wax, residual cotton placed in the ears during the operation, or blood which got into the ear canal during the surgery. An ENT specialist can examine you, remove anything in the ear, and test your hearing if necessary.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Someone needs to look in your external ear canals.

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As others have pointed out, it is possible to have retained material in the ear canals.  Not just ear wax or blood, I have seen patients where a surgeon left cotton in the ear canal.  The cotton is used to prevent fluid from collecting in the canal.  Ask your surgeon to look in the canal.  Of course it is also possible that you are just an aging rock and roller and this is actual natural hearing loss.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Decreased hearing after a facelift

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You may want to have your ear canals checked by an ENT physician. Most probably you will have some dry blood or ear wax obstructing your ear canal and therefore decreasing your hearing. There is no correlation with a facelift and decrease hearing. You may also now be more aware of a loss or decrease hearing, so a audiology hearing test can be done to see if you have any hearing loss. Hope this helps,

Dr. Diaz

Gustavo A. Diaz, MD
Charlotte Facial Plastic Surgeon

See Surgeon To Remove Blockage

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Please see your surgeon or an ENT to check this out. They can remove whatever it is that's causing the blockage, whether it's wax, blood or other obstruction.

Decrease of Hearing After Facelift

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I have seen this a few times.  Typically it is related to ear wax which gets further plugged with dry blood.  Your surgeon can clean this for you or you can see an ENT specialist.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Plugged hearing after facelift

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You should get your ears checked out by an ear, nose, throat (otolaryngologist) to see what is going on. You may have dried blood or something else plugging up the ear canal. A thorough examination would help figure out the cause.

Thomas A. Lamperti, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Facelift - Decrease of Hearing After Facelift? It's Been Almost 2 Months and my Ears Feel Blocked.

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I think that it's unlikely that any hearing loss is due to the surgical aspects of the procedure itself.  While anything is possible, I am not aware of this as a common consequence of this surgery, or even as a rare one.

I would advise a consultation with an ENT to examine your ear canals, eardrums and an overall hearing assessment.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Hearing loss after a facelift

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This is probably blood or gauze- dental role that has filled your ear canal from the surgery.  You should see your surgeon and if need be an ENT surgeon to assess your ear canal.  It would be extremely unlikely this is anything else if it came on immediately after Facelift surgery.  After your ears are cleaned you could undergo a hearing test.   Typically I place a small piece of dental role in the ear canal when performing facelifting or Parotidectomy surgery to prevent blood filling the canal.

Philip Solomon, MD, FRCS
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 118 reviews

Muffled Hearing after a Face Lift

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The most likely explanation for decreased hearing following a face lift procedure is blood in the ear canal.  Other possible causes are residual ear wax, a retained dental roll or piece of cotton used to block the ear canal, or possible swelling around the ear canal (which is unlikely 2 months following the procedure).  A straightforward examination with an otoscope should reveal the cause of the obstruction. 

Michael Sundine, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon

Hearing problems after facelifts

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the initial swelling of the ear canal can occur and cause problems for several weeks

someone should look inside however to make sure there is no dried blood. wax or packing that may have been place during the surgery

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

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