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Can ear irrigation to clean wax out of the ear right after a barotrauma where the ear drum is very inflamed cause a type of hyperacusis or phono phobia?
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After significant barotrauma you should not put anything in your ear as it can damage the delicate bones of your inner ear and lead to permanent hearing loss.
If you are having hyperacusis, phonophobia or any other symptoms you need to see an ENT ASAP.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hello Dr. Rick,

Could the flushing in the ear after barotrauma cause tinnitus or hyper acusis?

What would the ENT do more than a regular doctor?

It could cause a variety of problems depending on the structures damaged by the incident of barotrauma and where the flush, and gunk flushed out, ends up, such as in your ear canal, middle ear etc.
An ENT has special training and tools to take care of your problem as compared to a primary care MD.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

OK just one more question :-) If the ear drum is not ruptured but very inflamed from a scuba diving incident, could the flushing in the ear to take the wax out cause a tinnitus or hyperacusis?

As a SCUBA diver for over 3 decades, I can say with the utmost confidence.....maybe.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

would it be a temporary condition or how long could symptoms last if it was from the flushing? would the tinnitus only be in the ear that was flushed or could the tinnitus be in both ears?

I'm having crazy symptoms of sometimes almost normal and then real sensitivity to sound with increasing tinnitus symptoms. Why does it fluctuate like that? Not sure if loud noises or cold water in the ear triggered it

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Have you seen many ear barotraumas with ear drum intact, give tinnitus and /or hyperacusis from scuba diving?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Did you see my reply below? I haven't received an answer yet

At this point the best way to get an answer to all your questions is to consult with an ENT doctor in person.