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Ear problems please help (kinda gross)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by thump326, Aug 26, 2005.


  1. thump326

    thump326

    Apr 30, 2004
    This is becoming a growing concern. Every now and then my left ear will go almost completely deaf. :eek: Sometimes it lasts for a couple of hours, and sometimes for a couple of days.

    I think it might be caused by built up wax, a sinus conjestion, or both. The odd thing is, when i clean my ears, my right ear always has more wax that comes out, but the wax from the left ear is harder and darker (the right ear normally has a good consistent yellow texture). It has been this way for as long as i can remember.

    I always wear ear plugs, good ones too. But my often my deafness rears its ugly silence after i wear my plugs for a long set. Perhaps i'm pushing wax deeper in my ear, or triggering more wax to form, i dunno.

    what should i do?
     
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    You should get that looked at...a good cleaning would probably be a big help. I have problems where my ears don't drain properly either, but they only get really bad if I have a lot of conjestion from a cold or something. I find those home kits don't work terribly well, and if you're not careful, you can add more fluid to your ears.
     
  3. Ego

    Ego

    Jan 10, 2004
    the doctor has some kind of water syringe that can clean you out. happens to me every so often. just make an appointment, it's quick and painless
     
  4. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    An ear nose and throat doctor is just what you need.
     
  5. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    A guy I went to high school with had the same problem. The doc removed a blockage, and he was fine after that!
     
  6. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    I'm shocked that something as severe as DEAFNESS hasn't resulted in you scurrying to the doctor the very first time it happened. Curious as to your thought processes as to why you didn't go right away, the first time . . .
     
  7. had that happen to me last year. It was wax build up and an ear infection. They took out the wax and the infection was gone quick. Wax removal was kinda cool. they were basting my ear :) no pain (though mine were so bad, it took an hour for one ear and they didn't get to the other one. They say it shouldnt take that long.
     
  8. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    This happens to me about once a year, I use the drops that come with the ear syringe. I put a bunch of drops in one ear and wait 20 or 30 minutes, then I shoot water into my ear canal until the blockage comes out. I repeat on the other side. You will know when it releases, you will suddenly hear amazingly well and the wax should shoot out. Its quite disgusting, but it works well.
     
  9. powerslave

    powerslave Guest

    Feb 24, 2005
    United States
    Get off the computer....take a dollar down to the doctor..... and see if you can buy a friggin' clue :eyebrow:
     
  10. thump326

    thump326

    Apr 30, 2004
    haha, thanks for the input. I actually have gone to the doctor for this before, and i own one of the professional ear syringe thingys (my mom swiped one from work). but sometimes, even after using the drops and the syringe, i still find problems within a day or so. its wierd. sometimes it goes away on it own, which makes me think that there are some sinus problems going on.

    there was one time when both of them went pretty much deaf for about a day, it sounded like i was under water. my hearing is outstanding when both ears are working. maybe im just going crazy.
     
  11. Well, this can't go on. You need to go and see a doctor about this again.
     
  12. It could be mild damage or irritation to the left ear, sounds like somehoe the wax is just building up and blocking everything off, i used to get that now n then, not for that length of time tho, if my hearing started going in one ear id just clean it out with a cotton bud

    but as people have pointed out, see a doctor, doesnt sound serious tho
     
  13. I had a thread towards the end of 2004 on this very subject which you may find interesting.

    I went totally deaf for 7 or 8 weeks and it was one of the scariest experiences of my life.

    Go to the Doctors NOW. :D :D
     
  14. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    Never happened to me. I'm an obsessive ear cleaner. Though I have had that water machine the docter uses done to much. It's orgasmic.
     
  15. Time Divider

    Time Divider Guest

    Apr 7, 2005
    And maybe since it's just your ear, he'll only charge you a third of his normal fee. :D

    Seriously, since it sounds like the last guy offered you no relief, get thee to a new doctor.
     
  16. Petebass

    Petebass

    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    I've just been through this myself and I see a lot of similarities between my problem and yours. You've got an infection. I'll relay some of what my ear specialist told me:-

    Firstly, using water to syringe out gunk is simply creating a warm, moist environment where an infection will feel most at home. Cleaning your ears if not done properly is bad for 2 reasons. Firstly if actually compacts the gunk and pushes some of it further into your ear. Secondly, it's very easy to break the skin on the inside of your ear because it's so incredibly soft. Human skin is actually quite good at keeping germs out - until it's broken, at which point it's impossible to keep the things out. That gunk in your ear, that's the infection's waste products..... gross but true.

    Hopefully your infection is not fungal like mine was. Fungal infections don't respond to anti-biotics. I apparently picked mine up from potting mix. I'm now much more careful not to touch any part of myself while gardening.

    My cure involved getting my ear cleaned out by the specialist with a little vaccume cleaner. Some of the compacted gunk might take a couple of visits, and he may give you some drops to use in the meantime to soften it up a little. He may also give you medicinal drops - something like Canesten if it's Fungal, and Anti-biotic if it's viral.

    Now that I'm cured I follow my doctors instructions for keeping my ears clean. Firstly, keep water out of there at all costs. Shower with cotton un your ears and put a little bit of baby oil on one end - oil and water don't mix so it keeps even more water out. At the end of your shower, throw away the cotton and wipe your ear down with a tissue. Don't insert your finger into your ear, just tidy up the outer part of the opening. Within weeks, your ears will go back to doing what they were designed to do, ie Clean themselves..........

    Hope that helps. I spent a fortune in doctors bills learning this info :)
     
  17. Snarf

    Snarf

    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Doctors are awesome. Audiologists are even awesomer, if the problem is beyond the normal ear-nose-throat guy. But this shouldn't be.