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3/11/08 8:52 AM
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Orchid Man
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I've got slightly muffled hearing and a sort of "full" feeling in my ears (one worse than the other). Have tried Debrox and flushed out with warm water afterwards. The first couple of times it sort of seemed like it helped but now, after several days and a number of Debrox treatments/flushings, it's no better. In fact, it's worse. I feel stupid going to the doctor for something like this but am thinking that's what probably needs to happen. Anybody got any insight or experience on this front?
5/27/08 7:20 PM
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Yeah dude, I have dealt with this my whole life. The ONLY thing that worked for me was to stay out of swimming pools. Had to eliminate swimming totally from my life.
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6/1/08 7:22 PM
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Maybe you perforated your ear drum by getting hit or maybe you have fluid behind your tempanic membrane. If you just had wax the debrox probably would of done the job. Stay away from water.
7/28/08 8:24 PM
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Normally if you wait it out it falls out. Just keep flushing, preferably with warm to hot water, it will help soften the wax. Hydrogen Peroxide also helps as it's bubbly. The doctor will either flush it out or pull it out with a tweezers. I had one so stuck that he had to put his other hand against my head and pull.
7/29/08 2:40 AM
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I agree, don't mess around with this. Go see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. Make sure it's not something serious, and they'll probably have effective ways of clearing the issue.

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8/12/08 12:32 AM
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You can try ear candling. It is a big wax candle that is designed to sit your ear. You light the wick and the flame sucks the wax from your ear. You will be amazed-disgusted with how much shit comes out of your ear.
You can likely find these at most health food store that deal with traditional health foods. I would also suggest going to see a naturopath.
8/15/08 10:53 PM
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Make an appointment to your ENT. I read somewhere that candles & straight peroxide are the worst for your ears.

Most of what I read recommended you water down the peroxide.
Supposedly all that wax that you think is from your ear, is really the wax from the candle itself.
8/21/08 12:56 AM
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I use olive oil, put a few drops in my ears twice a day and let it drain naturally. This can be a bitch if you have cats, mine like olive oil and I have a fuck of time with them while I sleep.
I've got a lot of experience with ear problems. Never put anything like a q-tip in your ear, you'll just push the wash further in. Avoid overcounter solutions, simple olive oil will work.
If it hasn't cleared up in a few days then go to your doctor and let him have a look inside. If you have any dizzyness, vertigo, or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) get to your doctor immediately. I had something similar happen and the doctor couldn't see anything in my ear. Turned out I had autoimmune ear disease and eventually lost 70/30 percent of my hearing in my left/right ears.
8/24/08 12:16 PM
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 I had a serious plug in my ear and I used over the counter drops which are mineral oil and hydrogen peroxide.  The key thing was to stick with it.  Twice a day, every day for a week.  I only started seeing results on the last few days, like first a little came out, then a little more, then a whole bunch.
9/16/08 10:40 AM
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It sounds gross but the ear candling works. I've done it a couple of times.
10/5/08 5:25 AM
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I have had problems with my ears my whole life. Since I was a kid I remember getting really bad ear infections. Once I got a little older I no longer got them.

In 2003 during training I got hit really hard in my left ear. So bad that I seen a big flash. After that hit and up till about 2 weeks after, my ear hurt like hell! Just touching the outter part of my ear brought tears to my eyes. I finally went to the docotor and they couldnt find anything wrong. I then went to a specialist and again, they couldnt find anything wrong. They actually told me that nothing was wrong with my left ear (the one I was having problems with) and that I had a small infection in my right ear (it didnt bother me at all). So they used the suction to suck the wax out of my ears. He did my right ear and I was fine. Once he tried to do the left one, I damn near knocked him over getting out of the chair cause it hurt so damn bad. Yet, he tells me nothing is wrong. Ive been to a number of doctors and specialist for the same problem since 2003 and have had a number of tests ran ... hearing tests, balance tests etc and even an MRI and EVERYONE tells me they cant find anything wrong with my ear.

I finally gave up on it. But I still get sorness in my ear and any type of suction to my ear makes it hurt and even cold wind/weather. I have tried the candles but didnt notice a difference. I have bought over the counted ear drops and have flushed them with warm water and seen no difference. The only thing that helps me when my ears start to feel sore is a few drops of baby oil and straight peroxide. It dosent cure anything but it takes the pain away for a few days.

Swimming dosent seem to bother it for me.

10/5/08 4:39 PM
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I had this problem for years. My ear doctor would use a machine to remove the wax. None of the over-the-counter products or other treatments worked for me.
10/6/08 8:40 AM
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Edited: 10/06/08 8:40 AM
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I ended up going to the doctor and he flushed it out with warm water and a big-ass syringe. A really big plug of wax came out.

The home remedy, over-the-counter peroxide drops (Debrox) followed by flushing with warm water after, didn't help a bit. In fact, it put me in worse shape, because I ended up getting water trapped behind the wax plug.

Guess sometimes you just have to go to the doctor to get it taken care of, even though it feels kind of stupid to go to the doctor just to get your ears cleaned out.
10/20/08 7:29 PM
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stobe - It sounds gross but the ear candling works. I've done it a couple of times.


not only does ear candling does not work, it can in fact be harmful to your ear. here is an article dealing with the subject: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1103/how-do-ear-candles-work
10/20/08 9:51 PM
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Peroxide might be to strong. You should dilute it first.

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