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Old 01-25-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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Had some hearing loss in my left ear recently and couldn't figure it out. Put some ear drops in (the oily kind), and it made things worse.

Cleaned with q-tips, nothing. Finally setup an appointment (same day), and the doctor puts some peroxide mixed with water in my ear. Super nice bubbly, tickly feeling.

Afterwards he pulls out a piece of wax the size of an M&M.

I asked him afterward how could that happen? I clean my ear's religiously. He says it's natural, and he recommended just coming to see him every 6-12 months for a cleaning.

Anyone go to their ENT doctor for regular cleanings?
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:14 PM
 
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Wow, that's a big pc of wax. I normally use a qtip and add some hydrogen peroxide to the tip and do my own cleaning. My ears are clear and hearing good. No ENT docs here. Those old timer docs (mom) knew their stuff.

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Old 01-25-2019, 03:34 PM
 
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After you put the solution in your ear did you also flush it? Might have been the missing step. Sometimes the solution alone isn't enough.

Many years ago had a similar loss of hearing in one ear and went to the college campus nurse. She used the peroxide/warm water solution and a syringe flush to clean it out. A lot of hard wax removed. She examined both ears and explained that the shape of one canal was kinked/angled a little differently making it harder for wax to work its way out on its own. She showed me how to lubricate and flush it. Done it myself ever since. .
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Old 01-25-2019, 03:45 PM
 
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After you put the solution in your ear did you also flush it? Might have been the missing step. Sometimes the solution alone isn't enough.

Many years ago had a similar loss of hearing in one ear and went to the college campus nurse. She used the peroxide/warm water solution and a syringe flush to clean it out. A lot of hard wax removed. She examined both ears and explained that the shape of one canal was kinked/angled a little differently making it harder for wax to work its way out on its own. She showed me how to lubricate and flush it. Done it myself ever since. .
I tried the flushing when I started getting the hearing loss, but it was with the oily drops. I haven't tried it with peroxide, but now I will every so often just to keep everything clear.
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:08 PM
 
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I tried the flushing when I started getting the hearing loss, but it was with the oily drops. I haven't tried it with peroxide, but now I will every so often just to keep everything clear.
There are various solutions you can try...opinions vary. You can overdo it too. I've used OTC Debrox that has a peroxide and lubricant solution for decades. In my experience, the peroxide helps soften the surface of the wax more quickly which probably helps the syringe flush dislodge it more easily. I only flush them when I get that stuffy reduced hearing effect. When it clears I'm often surprised how clear the world sounds! Feels so good too. It's almost always the same ear.
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:38 PM
 
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Have you ever watched how they used to pack gun powder in cannons? When they took that big "Q-tip" and pushed it down the barrel. Well, that's what you do with ear wax when you use Q-tips.

You can buy a bulb syringe (looks like a mini turkey baster) that you can flush your ears with lukewarm water while in the shower. Save a trip to the ENT.
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:15 PM
 
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Have you ever watched how they used to pack gun powder in cannons? When they took that big "Q-tip" and pushed it down the barrel. Well, that's what you do with ear wax when you use Q-tips.

You can buy a bulb syringe (looks like a mini turkey baster) that you can flush your ears with lukewarm water while in the shower. Save a trip to the ENT.
Good idea!
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:07 PM
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You can just lay down on the sofa, in front of the TV, and do the same thing.

It's just basically greasy wax, liquid-soap or peroxide left in there for a while will break it down, then you can easily flush it out with a bulb thingy made for cleaning ears.
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:36 PM
 
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My brother in law has to either clean his ears himself or go to eh ENT regularly. It's not unusual.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:22 PM
 
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Wow, that's a big pc of wax. I normally use a qtip and add some hydrogen peroxide to the tip and do my own cleaning. My ears are clear and hearing good. No ENT docs here. Those old timer docs (mom) knew their stuff.
Be careful though..... Not good using a QTIP as you can just push the stuff further in....

My ears constantly get filled..... I have a ball thing I use to try and get some out if not all.....


Why do our ears get wax in them?? Is it a protective thing??

Very annoying and confusing


I hope you feel better CaliRestoration
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