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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Pain in both inner ears

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2 Potential Pain in Both Ear Canals Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Ear Plug Made of Skin Cells

    Keratosis Obturans is a rare disease where materials that make up the skin create a plug in the ear, causing pain, discharge, and hearing changes.

    Cured by removal

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hearing loss, pain in one ear canal, ear discharge, hearing loss in both ears, severe ear canal pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Foreign Body in External Ear

    An ear foreign body is anything that gets stuck in the ear canal other than earwax. This may include food, toy pieces, beads, buttons, disk batteries, cotton swab, paper, or insects. Foreign bodies are usually trapped in the outer ear canal.

    Problem resolves after object is removed.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    ear fullness/pressure, ear discharge, pain in one ear canal, bleeding from the ear, pus leaking from the ear
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Ear Canals

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been experiencing dizziness?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?
  • Q.What makes your ear hurt worse?

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Pain in Both Ear Canals Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both ear canals have also experienced:

    • 7% Sore Throat
    • 6% Headache
    • 3% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced pain in both ear canals had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Less Than a Day
    • 13% Over a Month
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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