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The BEST audio tweak for under ~$10

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seriously

post #2 of 24

You're not really supposed to clean out your ears normally... It'll just cause more wax to build up in the long run.

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I need one of those, but I worry about getting an infection.

post #4 of 24

One of those green pens to prevent light scattering from your CD's. 

 

Awesome!

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I just use hot water in the shower (not every day) to clean my ears and q-tips. Never had any problems with wax. My ENT doc approves this message. tongue.gif

 

I'm not using in-ears though.

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Really? I've never heard of any doctor approving the use of q-tips for ear cleaning. 

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I have psoriasis in my ears, so I try my best to just not disturb them. I used one of those syringes once and was basically deaf for a week+.  But, when my ears finally popped I could hear like I'd never heard before. Having water trapped in my ears for so long isn't a good idea.

 

I really need to see an ENT. Maybe I'll look in to it.


Edited by Rebel975 - 11/6/12 at 10:40am
post #8 of 24

Well when I had my hearing checked I asked him if everything is ok since I use q-tips and he said everything's perfect. Some people with higher wax production may have problems pushing the wax deeper inside, but for me it just works(tm).

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Originally Posted by xnor View Post

Some people with higher wax production may have problems pushing the wax deeper inside, but for me it just works(tm).

 

This is the most common problem, and causes blockages that require a professional to remove. They can happen without q-tips too - just less frequently. 

post #10 of 24

Never happened to me. The real cleaning is actually done using hot water in the shower.

post #11 of 24

Count yourself lucky. My audiologist has nearly given me a customer rewards card. Happens to me pretty much yearly. Luckily it's rare that I get partial blockages or anything - it's pretty all or nothing, so it doesn't affect my ability to do audio mixing/mastering (we've tested) until a full block actually happens. 

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My doctor recommended Sudafed when I ever I get partial blocks and it seems to work well for me, but make sure that you get the real stuff, you will have to sign for it and present an ID.

post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 

It really is a "holy ****" moment when you get a good amount of wax out. The first time I did it I immediately got pissed at all the musical detail I had been missing for such a simple procedure. My ear canals are shaped weirdly, which makes them difficult to clean. I did try letting water run into my ears in the shower, but it didn't do much, partly because I don't shower everyday. As for ear infections, I add a little hydrogen peroxide to the warm water as a disinfectant.

 

I don't believe for a second that buying an expensive amplifier will make nearly the same difference as getting even a little amount of wax out of one's ears. 

 

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Originally Posted by liamstrain View Post

Count yourself lucky. My audiologist has nearly given me a customer rewards card. Happens to me pretty much yearly. Luckily it's rare that I get partial blockages or anything - it's pretty all or nothing, so it doesn't affect my ability to do audio mixing/mastering (we've tested) until a full block actually happens. 

 

I thought that too until I decided to irrigate my ear(s) before they got totally plugged up. I think I just get adjusted to the decrease in hearing/treble because it happens gradually, so maybe look into it. I mean, its not like one's ears get blocked instantly -- it has to happen over time.


Edited by Eisenhower - 11/7/12 at 12:18pm
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Originally Posted by Eisenhower View Post

I thought that too until I decided to irrigate my ear(s) before they got totally plugged up. I think I just get adjusted to the decrease in hearing/treble because it happens gradually, so maybe look into it. I mean, its not like one's ears get blocked instantly -- it has to happen over time.

 

I thought that as well - but at least in my case, there didn't seem to be much change in my ability to hear at different frequencies (according to the audiologist testing). 

post #15 of 24

ahahah its true sometimes the difference can be shocking ;)


Edited by musiclife - 11/21/12 at 5:47pm
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