I should preface by saying, I am not a registered nurse, but am starting nursing school in the fall. I am spending the summer as the healthcare coordinator at a small camp in Highlands, North Carolina.
I have been at the camp for a week, but the campers do not get here until the 17th, and counselors arrived yesterday. Just now, one of the counselors came to me and told me that after we swam in the lake today, he can now not here hardly at all out of his left ear. He said it's not echoed, but in fact, really a loss of hearing.
He called his doctor and he told him that there might be some kind of earwax blockage in his ear and suggested some drops that he tried, but did not seem to help much.
I'm really kind of unsure about what to do. Of course, if he still can't hear in the morning, I would more than likely have to send him to the local healthcare center. It's been about five hours that he couldn't hear. I told him to sleep on that side so that anything may be able to drain out of his ear, and gave him some swimmer's ear drops (which I don't think will really help).
Anyone have any idea what this may be?