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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What's causing wet sensation in my ears?

    3 months ago, both my ears started feeling wet and I developed tinnitus in my left ear. I have seen 2 ENTS who've checked my ears. They both concluded my hearing was normal and there was no fluid in my ears. They said there was nothing they could do about the tinnitus as this was probably due to damaged hairs in the inner ear. The last ENT thinks the wet sensation must be referred from my temporomandibular joint. I went to see my dentist and he thinks my jaw is fine, but made me an occluvial splint as theirs evidence i've been grinding my teeth. I have worn this to bed for the last month. When I wake up in the morning, I feel almost normal- but the wet sensation in both ears comes back later in the day. I would therefore like to know whats causing the wet sensation in both my ears?

    Note, t I've had an acoustic brain MRI scan. This came back clear. Also, my neck was giving me a lot of pain when my symptoms first started and it still aches a lot. Could this be causing the wet feelings?
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    Soundfair is a non-profit organisation committed to hearing equality and to transforming the experience and wellbeing of all people with hearing conditions. We do this … View Profile

    Medical questions such as this are best answered by professionals you have seen as they relate to your individual medical health.  Regarding your tinnitus we can confidently refer you to and for current accepted knowledge about tinnitus and methods for management.  Thorough reading of the material provided on these two sites will enlighten you of the facts about tinnitus and strategies for management.  Beware of other sites offering miracle cures. 

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    Sophia John

    HealthShare Member

    Earwax (cerumen) is a combination of sebum, sloughed-off skin cells from inside of the ear, and secretions from the cerumenous glands in the outer ear canal. Ear Wax is self-cleaning. Blocked earwax is the most common cause of hearing loss. Symptoms of impacted earwax include earache, feeling of fullness in the ear, a sensation that the ear is plugged, and tinnitus or ringing in the ear.

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    Dr David McIntosh

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    David McIntosh is an Australian trained ENT surgeon with international experience. His areas of interest are paediatrics, nose and sinus disease, and providing access to … View Profile

    A common cause of wet ears is cotton bud use. Stop the buds, put up with itchy ears for a month, and 9 times out of 10, the ears dry up.

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    Based on my experience, when eustachian tube blocks and opens up often, you may feel your ear wet.  I believe it is related with your jaw and neck muscles, or C2 subluxation.   Hope it helps


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