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Just had my ears cleaned, and gained an extra 1.5kHz!
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post Nov 18 2009, 12:54
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I find this quite funny, given the life-long interest I've had in audio.

(warning: it's a bit gross)

I had an ear infection in June/July. When it finally cleared (two lots of antibiotic later) and it seemed all the wax and puss and mess had fallen out of my ear, I went back to my GP for a check up. He told me that my "good" ear was 90% blocked by hard wax, and my "bad" ear was not only full of wax, but that a slither of skin had now grown in front of the wax, so he'd have to refer me to a specialist to get it removed.

That's where I've been this morning. My ears are now clean, possibly for the first time in my life(!), and it's immediately obvious that I can hear better. High frequency sounds are clearer - the "s"'s and "t"'s in speech sound overly loud.

I've just tried a simple tone sweep, and found I can hear up to about 19kHz. Previously (and for a very long time - probably about a decade!) on the same equipment my limit was about 17.5kHz. The weird thing is, I never thought there was anything wrong with my hearing - but it must have been wrong for most of my adult life!


I've never really had wax coming out of my ears, and I used to think that this was a good thing! However, it seems it's been building up. The specialist suggested putting some drop of olive oil in every two weeks to help my ears stay healthy, and avoid the build up of wax in future. Oh, and never use cotton buds (which I don't).


I dread going home and listening to my stereo - it's either going to sound very good or very bad! wink.gif

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post Nov 19 2009, 13:29
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QUOTE (Fandango @ Nov 19 2009, 00:47) *
TOS #8! Seriously now! laugh.gif

edit: ok, I just tried it with a plastic syringe... it wasn't uncomfortable but I felt and heard no diference after the procedure (did it at least 10 times with each ear). As I expected my ears are probably clean or it didn't manage to loosen the wax (I used very warm water).


It's probably the latter. I'm pretty sure it takes me more than 10 times to actually get the wax plug to shift. I normally do one ear one day and the other the next. In the shower seems to work best for me, and you will know when it's shifted! The size of some of the wax plugs that have come out of my ears has really surprised me.

As for TOS#8, obviously I can't prove anything but I remember the sound of the metal rings on the shower curtain at my last place really surprising me with the sound on my way out of the shower!

QUOTE (Akkurat @ Nov 19 2009, 02:27) *
IME and what I've heard, any home syringe/pump cleaning system is crap. The ear doctor doesn't use water but something other (can't remember exactly but some kind of diluted alcohol) and he/she is skilled in doing that thing properly. If you have tested home cleaning and then once go to a proper ear doctor, you'll definitely will see a difference. Last time my ears were cleaned, I felt extremely nauseated right after (almost barfed, cold sweat..), it's very common that a proper cleaning procedure will make you feel ill for a bit.


It might be a case of YMMV, but the home syringe approach works very well for me. I am a drummer and use the expensive moulded earplugs which I find seem to promote wax build up. I have certainly felt the nausea when the wax plug finally comes out.

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