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Username Post: This might not be your cup of tea        (Topic#325516)
carpe scrapum 
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02-19-13 10:35 AM - Post#4048106    

TMI warning!!!!!

OK, for the last couple of months I had developed this very uncomfortable feeling around my right ear. If I slept on that side it would go numb and I couldn't hear almost at all out of it. If I pressed on my neck right by the ear I would get the same symptoms. I suspected wax build up even though you couldn't see anything when you looked in there. Anyway, it got really bad this past weekend so I called from vacation to make an appointment with the ENT specialist. I went yesterday in the morning and he sucked the plug out of both ears. My right one ear was about 99% blocked and my left was about 80% blocked. Gross! Not a pleasant experience but I can hear so well now and the feeling is completely gone! He cautioned against q tips which I never use anyway and said to use a washcloth instead which I already use.

Have you ever had this done? The doctor didn't think I would have to come back unless I get that feeling again.

 
scrapanda 
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02-19-13 11:04 AM - Post#4048110    
    In response to carpe scrapum

Yes I had it done when I was young, grade 9 ,maybe. Since then I hate the feeling of any gook in my ears.

 
hockeymom24 
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02-19-13 11:07 AM - Post#4048112    
    In response to scrapanda

i haven't had that done per say but every few months it seems I am in to the doctors or after hours to have my ears syringed out with warm water. I have small ear canals and they tend to fill up fast. I haven't been in for a while as I keep mineral oil in my ears. I either put a drop in every week or 2 or i use a q-tip and tip it in the mineral oil then rub eat around on the inside of my ear and let it keep it moist. I've had doctors thank me for that as it was easier to get the wax out.

 
Grandma to 3 
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02-19-13 12:25 PM - Post#4048124    
    In response to hockeymom24

Seems the older I get the worse it is. I've had it done twice in the past couple of years. The ENT is the way to go -- my primary MD uses a dental 'waterpik' device. I will not do that ever again with her.

 
scrapanda 
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02-19-13 02:10 PM - Post#4048134    
    In response to Grandma to 3

Oh whoops I didn't read carefully enough! I've had the same thing done as Sara with the warm water at the regular doc, not the ENT.

 
kaleidoscope 
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02-19-13 02:12 PM - Post#4048136    
    In response to Grandma to 3

wow!
um.... nope.

 
3 Little Ladies 39
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02-19-13 03:59 PM - Post#4048142    
    In response to kaleidoscope

No, and I use Q-tips daily (sometimes twice) to clean my ears. Our whole family uses Q-tips. My dad uses the large end of a bobby pin. Ouch! lol

 
gingersfavorite 
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02-19-13 04:53 PM - Post#4048146    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

No, but I've been told (by a dr) that I need to

 
RedSquirrel 
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02-19-13 06:01 PM - Post#4048150    
    In response to gingersfavorite

I've had it done a couple of times in my life. The more often you have it done, the more likely you'll need it done, because the ear produces more wax in self defence.

And yes, the only times I needed it were when I DIDN'T use Q-tips. So all that stuff and nonsense I was told about not putting anything in your ear smaller than your elbow....

Q-tips are OK as long as you're careful. If you have hard wax, a few drops of almond oil just before you go to bed should help soften it.

 
kaleidoscope 
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02-19-13 06:35 PM - Post#4048158    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I find using q-tips in the morning when you get up is good because the heat from your head and sleeping on your ears will soften it up.

Q-tips are fine so long as you're not trying to shove it far into your ear. That's where the problem comes in. I would say you probably shouldn't go in further than you can stick a finger in your ear.

 
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