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08-12-2008 08:11 PM
jeneticallymodified i reckon part of something like that being awful is cos its new and unexpected. once you know whats coming (like the second time) it aint so bad at all. i remember the first time i went i was really dizzy for a bit afterwards and kept accidently slowly tipping over sideways. i'm really glad it went ok today. its exceedingly nice to be able to hear stuff properly.
08-12-2008 07:39 PM
prettyvacant
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Originally Posted by hoodedclawjen View Post

hmmm. i quite liked having my ears syringed. i found it entertaining. i visualised a little fishtank in there. its quite a change to have a head full of water instead of fresh air.



i'm sorry it freaked you out. the water does come out again, and you're only deaf in the same kind of way as you are when you head is underwater in the swimming pool, or when you get water in your ear in the shower- sound is just mufffled.



try and be cool about it, its worth it.



thanks well I went today it wasnt as bad as I really thought it was, it was also fairly quick and the water didnt stay in my ear too long. I can hear more clear then ever now which is great.I asked why I got the wax problem alot they just told me some people do others dont.
08-12-2008 03:12 PM
jeneticallymodified hmmm. i quite liked having my ears syringed. i found it entertaining. i visualised a little fishtank in there. its quite a change to have a head full of water instead of fresh air.



i'm sorry it freaked you out. the water does come out again, and you're only deaf in the same kind of way as you are when you head is underwater in the swimming pool, or when you get water in your ear in the shower- sound is just mufffled.



try and be cool about it, its worth it.
08-12-2008 03:07 PM
prettyvacant Well it turns out Ive got to go back to the docters (again) this time my right ear is plugged up with the awful stuff. Last time (a few weeks ago) I got my left ear syringed and it worked well, but I freaked out big time. Once the nurse sprays the water in your ear will get majorly blocked (for a minute or two) and it feels like your deaf. Its an awful process. Im scared to go again. I just hope Ill be fine, and Im gonna buy some olive oil after. I should of got both syringed while I was at it that last week,but my right ear wasnt blocked then.
07-31-2008 01:29 AM
saedierose
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Originally Posted by prettyvacant View Post

Im not sure if its wax or my ears in general does anyone know how I can get rid of it by not trying to pop my eardrum out??



If they're not coming unblocked on their own then you should visit your doctor and get them to drain the wax out.

After that, you might want to get an ear cleaning solution such as Audiclean which you can buy from a pharmacy.
07-22-2008 02:28 AM
paprika27 I'd think the wax is hydrophobical, so water by itself can't flush it out. If you use warm/hot water, it'll probably melt the wax partly so that it runs out by itself. I wouldn't use soap though. It turned out in some studies that about 70 % (i think) of the wax in our ears is from left-over shampoo which means you should rinse out your ears under the shower from time to time (when possible as long as the shampoo is fluid). As well it is proven that wearing headphones increases the production of wax by 70 % for the time of headphones being on your ears. If you do that a lot, consider getting little speakers .

I made the experience that the cleaning alcohol (methanol or ethanol which is hydrophobical I believe) helps me much better than water and haven't felt any disadvantages of it. I tilt my head, fill the ear with alcohol, stand that way for a few seconds and then empty the ear over the sink. I clean it out with water (cold or warm) just to get the alcohol out. I don't know if it has any effects in the long term.



is your nose free? do you breathe loudly when asleep?

the condition of your nose directly affects your ears and if the problem comes back once you solved it, consider letting a doctor check your polyps.



good luck

:P
07-20-2008 10:21 AM
jeneticallymodified i wouldn't put your finger in your ear- you could push stuff in further and compact it.



if its not red, sore, inflamed, itchy, etc, then i can't see waiting till tuesday likely being disasterous.
07-20-2008 02:30 AM
prettyvacant Thanks. It turns out it has to be wax as my ear is still blocked Ill go see the docter, Ive just been so busy I might have to go tuesday. I hope they can remove the wax/and it dosent get worse if I leave it? also sticking my finger to remove wax is ok?
07-12-2008 04:25 AM
Hazelnut Have you ruled out allergies???



My ears are blocked now...in fact...but I've never had an earwax problem. I barely have any at all unless I'm sick.



But, when allergy/cold season rolls around, one ear or the other will magically go deaf for no reason as a side-symptom of sinus pressure.



It goes away after a SMALL antihistamine dose and a nasal decongestant.
07-12-2008 03:16 AM
kat A few years ago I had lots of problems with my ears. They used both water and suction, to try and remove the blockage. The suction was the worse one! I also tried with warm olive oil, which did sooth it a bit, though one time the oil was too hot and that made it worse! I was in a lot of pain for maybe about a week, with several trips to the doctors. At one point my ear started bleeding, and they kept checking that I didn't have meningitis as I was photosensitive.



In the end I ended up having an operation, there was a polyp growing in my ear canal. No wonder it was so painful! I'd say get it checked out, and avoid the temptation for putting things in there!
07-11-2008 07:19 PM
LadyFaile my brother once got desperate and tried a turkey baster. it didn't work. it turned out he had an infection not a wax blockage.



last time my ears felt blocked i too had an infection in the sinuses and ended up in a clinic begging for antibiotics (which i do not take unless i really think i need them) cause it just was not going away on its own

so definately see a doc if it doesn't clear up in a day or 2.
07-11-2008 06:43 PM
Michael
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Originally Posted by Mrrple View Post

First off, don't use a cutip. It'll shove the wax further in.



The easiest and most effective way to get rid of wax blockage is to visit a nurse or your doctor and have them inspect your ear. If it is wax, they can easily remove it by flushing hot water into your ear to dislodge it without causing harm.



Yeah, good advice. I've had it done before. It doesn't necessarily hurt but it's not pleasant so be prepared for that.
07-11-2008 03:54 PM
jeneticallymodified don't stick things in your ears. you could mess things up worse. there is sensitive stuff in there. my doctor once told me that i shouldn't try and put anything other than my elbow into my ear, and certainly nothing smaller than that, unless a medical professional instructed me to.



i'd take your ears (both of them) to the doctor. s/he will have a look in there, ask questions, and tell you whats going on. i really wouldn't guess, cos some things can cause problems if left untreated or treated wrongly, and i expect you plan on keeping your hearing.



the doc might recommend that you need to get them syringed (which feels very weird, but isn't painful) they might prescribe something to break down the wax, the might tell you to put something odd like olive oil or hydrogen peroxide or something with baking soda in there, or they might do something completely different.
07-11-2008 03:20 PM
Mrrple
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Originally Posted by hald View Post

I'll probably get flamed for this but...I have had blocked ears many times over the years. I learned that ear wax genes come in two "flavors," basically hard or soft. I have the hard gene.



As a result, I've tried just about everything, including doctors.



1) I prefer using a bobby pin (hair pin) to clean my ears. The round end of the pin is perfect for dragging the dry wax out. Also, if there is an Asian market nearby, you can buy special ear cleaning pins that come in a small case. The pins are shaped like a small pellet with ridges to catch the wax and a rounded tip to prevent hurting your eardrum. These work very well.



2) If you want to try flushing your ear the ear syringe available in a kit at drugstores is a good option.



3) If your problem, like mine, is dry ear wax, sometimes a few drops of warm oil will loosen it, and using your pin, the wax can be dislodged.



4) The suction sometimes used at a doctor's office can be quite painful, so be prepared.



5) The doctor can prescribe a wax remover in liquid form. It works fairly well but usually takes several applications. This potion is not meant for casual\\general use.



6) If you've been sick try holding your nose and blowing. I once had a ear bout that lasted weeks after a cold because my Eustachian tubes had become blocked; it felt just like an earwax plug.



5) As a last resort I once had my girlfriend use tweezers to pull a wax plug out. It worked. It hurt! But only for a few minutes...



To clarify a bit, even though it's yucky, my ear plug is from dry wax that coats the eardrum and becomes very hard. It is not visible from the outer ear. I've had doctors look using the earscope and claim they see nothing, so I've learned, for me, doctors are the last last resort.

-hald



You won't get flamed, but I will strongly advise to NEVER use tweezers are an instrument of any kind to pull wax out. Always have it inspected by a doctor.



Doctors will never use suction on you. They'll shoot some warm or hot water into your ear to force out the wax. It isn't painful, but it can be a little uncomfortable and weird feeling.
07-08-2008 10:35 PM
hald I'll probably get flamed for this but...I have had blocked ears many times over the years. I learned that ear wax genes come in two "flavors," basically hard or soft. I have the hard gene.



As a result, I've tried just about everything, including doctors.



1) I prefer using a bobby pin (hair pin) to clean my ears. The round end of the pin is perfect for dragging the dry wax out. Also, if there is an Asian market nearby, you can buy special ear cleaning pins that come in a small case. The pins are shaped like a small pellet with ridges to catch the wax and a rounded tip to prevent hurting your eardrum. These work very well.



2) If you want to try flushing your ear the ear syringe available in a kit at drugstores is a good option.



3) If your problem, like mine, is dry ear wax, sometimes a few drops of warm oil will loosen it, and using your pin, the wax can be dislodged.



4) The suction sometimes used at a doctor's office can be quite painful, so be prepared.



5) The doctor can prescribe a wax remover in liquid form. It works fairly well but usually takes several applications. This potion is not meant for casual\\general use.



6) If you've been sick try holding your nose and blowing. I once had a ear bout that lasted weeks after a cold because my Eustachian tubes had become blocked; it felt just like an earwax plug.



5) As a last resort I once had my girlfriend use tweezers to pull a wax plug out. It worked. It hurt! But only for a few minutes...



To clarify a bit, even though it's yucky, my ear plug is from dry wax that coats the eardrum and becomes very hard. It is not visible from the outer ear. I've had doctors look using the earscope and claim they see nothing, so I've learned, for me, doctors are the last last resort.

-hald
07-05-2008 07:48 AM
thalestral Yup, definitely go to your local docs or nurse and get them to syringe/flush your ears out. The water is a bit weird feeling but only takes a few seconds.



I have narrow twisty ear canals and find very little helps other than this but I try and remember to put in a drop or two of almond or olive oil every week as that helps the ears move the right amount of wax out. Normally your ear cleans itself, it needs a certain amount of wax and it travels out. If your ear canals are narrow or twisted then sometimes they need help.
07-05-2008 06:16 AM
Mrrple First off, don't use a cutip. It'll shove the wax further in.



The easiest and most effective way to get rid of wax blockage is to visit a nurse or your doctor and have them inspect your ear. If it is wax, they can easily remove it by flushing hot water into your ear to dislodge it without causing harm.



To keep your ears clean, I recommend using a small wash cloth. Wet the cloth with hot water (preferably while you bathe). Then gently gently rub the cloth inside your ears, not pushing too hard. This shouldn't be done daily, but every so often. You need your earwax to prevent foreign material from causing an infection.
07-05-2008 05:22 AM
prettyvacant Im not sure if its wax or my ears in general does anyone know how I can get rid of it by not trying to pop my eardrum out??

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