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Old 06-12-2010, 10:32 AM   #21
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Once had a buildup so bad it was pressing against my ear drum and threw my equilibrium off such that I would get dizzy when standing up. Doc flushed my ears and removed one chunk the size of a pencil eraser.

I scuba dive and have an ENT clean my ears before every trip because I'm prone to this wax buildup. The wax can trap seawater in the ear canal and then I get ear infections. Going tomorrow in fact because I have a dive trip coming up on the 18th.


Would be nice if regular doctors have an ear cleaning as regular maintenance (like dental cleanings, eye examinations)? Seems like for the ears it's more treat only when symptoms occur.
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Old 06-15-2010, 04:02 PM   #22
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I had a physical a couple months ago and my doctor asked how my hearing was. I said fine and he said something to the effect that I had quite a lot of wax buildup and did I want the nurse to come in an take care of it. I said yes. Now I hear even better. Nurse said it is common in adults but it was the first time for me to need to have my ears 'professionally' cleaned. I'm trying hard to limit my use of q-tips.
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I've been reading this thread with bemusement for a couple of weeks. It is difficult for me to understand all these ear wax problems as I have never had an issue. It is not at all unusual to have a doc peer into my ears and make a comment about the ability to see the wall on the other side of the examining room...
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You're lucky then. My ears produce large amounts of wax such that I could give Shrek a run for his money.
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I've been reading this thread with bemusement for a couple of weeks. It is difficult for me to understand all these ear wax problems as I have never had an issue. It is not at all unusual to have a doc peer into my ears and make a comment about the ability to see the wall on the other side of the examining room...
IIRC for a time you were engaged in regular professional activity for which almost any ear problem could have rendered you unfit for service. So it is not surprising that you had no such problems.

As for being to see all the way through ... no comment.
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Once had a buildup so bad it was pressing against my ear drum and threw my equilibrium off such that I would get dizzy when standing up. Doc flushed my ears and removed one chunk the size of a pencil eraser.
Last year it took three visits to the ENT guy, with 3, 7, then 21 days of softening, before he was able to remove a piece of was the size of a cigarette filter from my left ear. The kicker was that before softening this was only causing me to lose half the hearing in that ear; during it, the softened bits filled up the ear canal perfectly, making me completely deaf in that ear until it was removed.

His advice: tilt your head in the shower to allow a little water in each time.
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It is difficult for me to understand all these ear wax problems
I'm pretty sure I read that it's genetic. My dad has the same problem with earwax that I do.
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I hope the following helps:

I found the following on NPR:
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation) say putting anything in the ear to remove wax should be refrained.
The Joy Of Ear-Cleaning : NPR
Recommendations: Earwax
The study they are referring to might be: http://www.entnet.org/Practice/uploa...urnal-2008.pdf (not sure and I have not read this)
Also listen to the 3 min audio. It is pretty effective and short description and also addresses why one feels so good while removing wax with q-tips...

My cousin, an ENT specialist, informed me:
"In fact, I advise against using water irrigation and peroxide-containing agents also.
Water (the end-product after H2O2 is done bubbling) often contributes to the formation of mold, when it's in a warm dark place. The process is accelerated when there is residual wax in the canal. Best thing to do is not to use anything, unless absolutely necessary. Then, use a drop or two of olive oil or mineral oil. It works extremely well. Q-Tips are evil!"

Once oil is put, the wax comes out, no need of q-tips...
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Once had a buildup so bad it was pressing against my ear drum and threw my equilibrium off such that I would get dizzy when standing up. Doc flushed my ears and removed one chunk the size of a pencil eraser.

I scuba dive and have an ENT clean my ears before every trip because I'm prone to this wax buildup. The wax can trap seawater in the ear canal and then I get ear infections. Going tomorrow in fact because I have a dive trip coming up on the 18th.
What you need to do is to have a little squeeze bottle with a tiny bit of liquid hand soap in water, sort of what you would use to keep your mask from fogging and put a drop or two in each ear canal after swimming to break the surface tension opf any water in your ear. It will just run out with a head tilt. If you are prone to swimmers ear, try an after dive drop of a teaspoon vinegar in a quarter cup of water to change the pH of the canal. Nothing will grow there. Discontinue if your canal becomes irritated.
BTW Debrox is no more effective than dilute soap or even olive oil in softening wax.
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This has been an interesting discussion. I have my yearly checkup in a couple of weeks and think I'll ask the Doc to take a close look at my ears. I've experienced some of the symptoms mentioned by other posters.
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Geez, maybe I should have my ears cleaned too! I don't have any symptoms but maybe I have some wax lurking down there that I don't know about. I still use Q-tips which I understand is something of a No-No. Who said you should not put anything in your ears smaller that your elbow?
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If you look back to the 4th post on this thread, I noted that you can buy an inexpensive otoscope and have a partner look into your ears. I was just checking my pooch's ears yesterday. She gets a fungus periodically and the otoscope lets me see how the medication is working.
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Geez, maybe I should have my ears cleaned too! I don't have any symptoms but maybe I have some wax lurking down there that I don't know about. I still use Q-tips which I understand is something of a No-No. Who said you should not put anything in your ears smaller that your elbow?

Use a wet wash cloth twisted into a tight cone to remove canal wax.
Have your MD or Audiologist check for wax on appt. Or you can buy an earwax kit at CVS ( squeeze bulb and drops) which works just fine.
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What you need to do is to have a little squeeze bottle with a tiny bit of liquid hand soap in water, sort of what you would use to keep your mask from fogging and put a drop or two in each ear canal after swimming to break the surface tension opf any water in your ear. It will just run out with a head tilt. If you are prone to swimmers ear, try an after dive drop of a teaspoon vinegar in a quarter cup of water to change the pH of the canal. Nothing will grow there. Discontinue if your canal becomes irritated.
BTW Debrox is no more effective than dilute soap or even olive oil in softening wax.
Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a try. No problems this trip other than an obnoxious diver on the boat.
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Try squirting him in the eye with the solution.
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Watched "Dr. Oz" on Oprah last week and he said you can get the wax out yourself at home with some baby oil and a clean cloth; 3x/week.

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Watched "Dr. Oz" on Oprah last week and he said you can get the wax out yourself at home with some baby oil and a clean cloth; 3x/week.

Ear Wax Facts | The Dr. Oz Show
Hmmmm, not any incorrect info but accurate enough for Oprah's audience. Any refined oil should do, olive oil works fine. Impacted wax however will require either
mechanical removal or a water jet.
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....but accurate enough for Oprah's audience. ....


From the few times I've allowed myself to get sucked into watching that show, I'd say your 'accurate enough' statement leaves a hole wide enough to pitch a galaxy through. I see no interest in accuracy in that program, only 'can we make the audience go "awwww!, oHHHHH! or eWWWW".

Heck, I 'learned' from Oprah that you can save over $200/month just putting some of your stuff on a power strip and turning it off when you don't use it! "oHHHHHH". Unless I'm running the A/C a lot, I don't even have a $200/month bill. That's a lot of 'phantom power', yet, no skepticism, no question of will this really work for others, just acceptance and "oHHHHH!"

What a way to get rich!

BTW, I've been running around with my Kill-a-watt device, and so far I've only found one thing that I thought was worth turning off when not in use. Most everything I've tested just sips power very slightly ( ~ 1W) when 'off'. The ROI on the power strip is non-existent. Environmental-wise, probably more pollution caused by the manufacture of the strip than the wasted power.

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lol...guess I need to make an eye appointment. I thought the title of this post was CAR cleaning - worth every penny!!!!! Damn...I'm gettin' old!
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