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post #16 of 93
Earwax!

For some reason, I have the dry, flaky kind of earwax that Asians usually have. I'm a pasty white guy of European extract, so it must be some genetic anomaly.

Anyway, bless the wonderful Japanese for their mimikaki tools. Invaluable. (I also worship their cars, razor blades, food, and turntable cartridges.)

I irrigate my ears daily in the shower and follow that with Q-Tips. Flakes will still rattle around in there, so I use the mimikaki tools to get them out. Works great, no plugs, and I can still hear up to 20kHz at 39.

YMMV, of course.
Edited by Uncle Erik - 8/4/11 at 1:48am
post #17 of 93


I was using the Etyrāpic EarRape-4PeneTration (ER-4PT model) yesterday with medium sized triple-flange tips for the first time.

 

I noticed when I was smiling the sound in my right ear would become blocked.

 

Well I pulled them out and then my right ear was blocked.

 

I tried a wax candle (didn't help) then I put some ear-drops (olive oil and something) into my ear, stuffed some foam in there, and went to sleep.

 

Today my right ear is even more blocked.

 

I just picked up lots of new earphones and gear and I can't listen to any of them now.

 

Also, my right ear is ringing a bit, strange.

 

 

P.S. crazy (and scary) stories about  you guys having bugs in your ears, having an ear-wig in my ear is one of the scariest things I can imagine!

 

I need to fix my ear, I have some free time now to listen to lots of stuff, I even received an IEM today on a 1 week loaner program and can't try it!

 

 

 


Edited by kiteki - 8/4/11 at 3:52am
post #18 of 93

Kiteki, Get yourself a siringe, luke warm water and spurt it into your ears. I  did it as mine were the same and after a few attepts on both sides i noticed big clumps of dried ear wax come out.

I was good after that.

Try it - it works.

post #19 of 93

kiteki

 

 

I had a clump of wax in my ear once. The Dr. puts some hot/warm water in a couple of times and the clump falls out end of story. Normally the clump of wax to do what you talking about ends up being the size of a medium peanut when you look down into the tub the nurse is holding.

 

Those wax candle treatments are a scam. The wax in the bottom of the candle comes from the candle itself not your ear. Smell it! I would never put anything in my ear but a q-tip. There should be a warning here for people about trying to do your own wax removals. You only have one right and one left ear drum. A doctor does not even put anything in but a very small stream of warm water. The pressure is something that the Dr. has learned to do.

 

On a positive note it seems for some the older they get the less earwax problems they get. Ear wax may have a decrease in production the older you get. I have found that to be true. My mid thirties seemed to be the time I had the most ear wax issues. imo.

post #20 of 93

NEVER use wax treatments, they can actually damage your ear more than help it.  Use the water treatments mentioned above, those are probably the most safe. 

post #21 of 93

OK, seriously.  To remove ear wax use a 50/50 warm water + hydrogen peroxide mixture -- straight H2O2 might burn some people too much -- 50/50 is very safe AND more effective than only water.

 

Pour into each ear canal and let it sit for 30 seconds or so.  Tilt head over, let it drain, use tissue to shake out the water mixture.

post #22 of 93
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Originally Posted by kmhaynes View Post

OK, seriously.  To remove ear wax use a 50/50 warm water + hydrogen peroxide mixture -- straight H2O2 might burn some people too much -- 50/50 is very safe AND more effective than only water.

 

Pour into each ear canal and let it sit for 30 seconds or so.  Tilt head over, let it drain, use tissue to shake out the water mixture.


When you tilt your head over, you allow more impact to hit your eardrum (due to more time of force) which allows more water to actually get through the ear drum.  Once this happens, you risk infection and are guaranteed some discomfort in your ear.  Mixing in hydrogen peroxide may actually damage inner parts of the ear (but fight infection).

 

With the pressure, you allow your ear to be facing down, so the time the force happens is lower (when done correctly) and has a lot less chance of water getting through your ear drum (gravity is on your side now) and gravity can also help pull the ear wax out.  This technique is normally done on a slight angle at a doctors office due to the fact that it's harder for your doctor to see where he's squirting water.

post #23 of 93

Huh?? I just wrote a reply and hit submit, then page refreshed, and it didn't show up??

 

 

 

Anyway thanks guys, I'll visit a doctor (or audiologist? good idea?) tomorrow.

 

 

I tried holding my ear against the shower nozzle with warm water, it didn't work, it just filled my ear with water.

 

 

I just tried listening to the J-phonic K2 SP for the first time and the stereo image was way over to the left side, this is really annoying. triportsad.gif

post #24 of 93

Yeah, shower won't work here (unless you get some excruciatingly how water).  You have to either use the syringe technique on your own or go to a doctor/audiologist/Otolaryngologist to get that checked out where they most likely will perform the same procedure.

post #25 of 93
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Huh?? I just wrote a reply and hit submit, then page refreshed, and it didn't show up??

 

 

 

Anyway thanks guys, I'll visit a doctor (or audiologist? good idea?) tomorrow.

 

 

I tried holding my ear against the shower nozzle with warm water, it didn't work, it just filled my ear with water.

 

 

I just tried listening to the J-phonic K2 SP for the first time and the stereo image was way over to the left side, this is really annoying. triportsad.gif


Go see the doctor you may have a cockroach stuck in your ear.

 

post #26 of 93
Best thread ever.
post #27 of 93

Well, one time I had a major issue with earwax, the water was unable to fix it.

The solution ended up being using some special local antibiotic (oil based), and only later the water cleaning helped.

Bad outer ear infection apparently due to a scratch.

post #28 of 93

See an audiologist first. If you need to see an ENT, he/she will refer you. Shouldn't be necessary.

Let the audiologist know upfront that this is a cerumen-related visit.

 

And get a hearing screening while you're there!

post #29 of 93

 

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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post


Go see the doctor you may have a cockroach stuck in your ear.

 


Possibly, I just returned from south-east asia, who knows!

 


 

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Originally Posted by JackKontney View Post

See an audiologist first. If you need to see an ENT, he/she will refer you. Shouldn't be necessary.

Let the audiologist know upfront that this is a cerumen-related visit.

 

And get a hearing screening while you're there!


Thanks a lot, Jack.

 

Will look for one in my local area tomorrow, might ask how much they charge for custom IEM impressions too while I'm there.

 

I demoed the ACS T1 custom IEM a few days ago and I wasn't very attracted to it, but I still have hope for other brands and models.


 

 

post #30 of 93

 

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Originally Posted by tinyman392 View Post

When you tilt your head over, you allow more impact to hit your eardrum (due to more time of force) which allows more water to actually get through the ear drum.  Once this happens, you risk infection and are guaranteed some discomfort in your ear.  Mixing in hydrogen peroxide may actually damage inner parts of the ear (but fight infection).


Sorry, I didn't say specifically, but was assuming people understood I meant that you tilt your head to the side to pour water + H2O2 in -- then tilt it to the other to drain the fluid + wax.

 

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