A clinical study: A patient has become progressively deaf and the ears feel full-up


A clinical study: A patient has become progressively deaf and the ears feel full-up

Mr RI, a middle-aged man, comes into the pharmacy and asks for your advice. Over the
last couple of weeks, he feels that his hearing, particularly in his left ear has become
‘progressively deaf’, and the ears feel ‘full up’. He has no other symptoms, has not tried
anything already and nor does he take any medication. Upon further discussion, Mr RI
mentions that he had his ears ‘syringed’ a couple of years ago by the nurse at the GP’s
surgery, and thinks he may need to go again, but wonders whether he should use the ear
drops advertised on TV last week as it would save him the trip.

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