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Temporarily deaf in one ear due to infection, what to do :(

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by hackeron, Jan 21, 2006.
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  1. hackeron
    One evening my ear just started to hurt real bad, bad enough I couldnt sleep the night. Next day my GP prescribed some "otomize" which is a half steroid, half antibiotic ear spray that removed pain for the most part but I'm left (temporarily) almost completely deaf in one ear, ARGH!

    If anyone had something similar, can anything be done to speed up hearing restoration, and if not how did you manage not being able to put your favorite headphones on (in my case my Shure E5) and enjoy some good quality sound?
     
  2. Jam_Master_J
    Try not to touch your ear at all, it will irritate it further. Also, when sleeping make sure not to put much pressure on that ear.
     
  3. JT107
    Unfortunately , there is nothing to do but ride it out. Be sure to continue your
    prescription, and your ears will start to "pop" in and out, untill suddenly,
    you can hear again. I would consider having your doctor flush your ears out
    to remove any wax builup, which will prevent recurring problems. I used to
    constantly get ear infections, one of which prevented me from getting my
    scuba certification in the Florida Keys. I now get my ears de-waxed twice
    a year and never have any problems. Good luck!
     
  4. Jam_Master_J
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JT107
    and your ears will start to "pop" in and out, untill suddenly,
    you can hear again.




    Yep, as your ear starts to open up the hearing will come and go for a while. It's actually a bit startling when it opens up since your hearing instantly comes to life.
     
  5. hackeron
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jam_Master_J
    Yep, as your ear starts to open up the hearing will come and go for a while. It's actually a bit startling when it opens up since your hearing instantly comes to life.



    Thanks for your feedback. Yes, my ears were popping the "night of horror" when it all started to happen, one second I could hear, one second I couldnt -- I tried some de-waxing procedures that made things worse, but a lot of crap came out, lol - guess its best I leave my ear alone.

    2 questions though:
    1) After the drops, I put a bit of cotton in my ear - not deep, but it seals the ear quite well - should I stop doing that? - Should I still do that when outdoors where it is quite windy?

    2) To get de-waxed, should I ask my GP or locate an audiologist?
     
  6. HypnoLobster
    I had a recurring ear infection for about 4 months. It was probably some of the worst I have ever felt. My right ear would pop open about once a week for 30 seconds. It drove me right to the edge of insanity. about a week after I got the problem, I went to the ear nose throat guy and he cleaned my ear with a previously used probe and made it worse.
     
  7. Jam_Master_J
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by HypnoLobster
    I had a recurring ear infection for about 4 months. It was probably some of the worst I have ever felt. My right ear would pop open about once a week for 30 seconds. It drove me right to the edge of insanity. about a week after I got the problem, I went to the ear nose throat guy and he cleaned my ear with a previously used probe and made it worse.



    I agree, ear infections are not fun. I wrote my first year engineering final exams with a bad infection, I was miserable.
     
  8. JT107
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by hackeron
    Thanks for your feedback. Yes, my ears were popping the "night of horror" when it all started to happen, one second I could hear, one second I couldnt -- I tried some de-waxing procedures that made things worse, but a lot of crap came out, lol - guess its best I leave my ear alone.

    2 questions though:
    1) After the drops, I put a bit of cotton in my ear - not deep, but it seals the ear quite well - should I stop doing that? - Should I still do that when outdoors where it is quite windy?

    2) To get de-waxed, should I ask my GP or locate an audiologist?




    Do not put anything else in your ear other than your prescription. After your
    infection has run your course, go to your GP and have hin use the syringe to
    "blast the wax out".
     
  9. jagorev
    I recommend an er-6i with the triflange tip.























    Not really.
     
  10. Edwood
    Don't do anything unless your doctor recommends it. No Qtips, no ear drops in the ear, etc. Just do what the doc says.

    If you can visit an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat doctor if you still have hearing problems.

    -Ed
     
  11. bongomon
    Listen,

    Reading Head-Fi for impressions on the relative values of this amp or that headphone are great fun and have no real bearing on anything but our wallets (and possibly marriages), but don't go asking for your average Joe Blow's opinion on how to handle your medical problem. You're just looking for misinformation.

    Ask your doc, and preferably get a referral for an ear-nose-throat (ENT, otolaryngologist) specialist.
     
  12. hackeron
    WOOPEE!!! -- I can hear again! - damn that lasted a long time. - 15 days of almost complete deafness in the right ear - guess I'll clean my triflanges daily now!
     
  13. rsabo
    When I was two and older, I used to get (pretty bad) ear infections monthly. It was always a problem until I got tubes in. So if you think you have it bad...

    As an example: one year on Christmas Eve, at my Grandmother's house, I had to go to the emergency room because of the pain. Like a hot poker being driven into my eardrum. Not Fun. [​IMG]
     
  14. aaroncort
    my god that sounds awful. This makes me so glad that i've never had an ear infection.
     
  15. nsjong
    This is possibly one of the worst problems a head-fier can have.

    Get better soon!
     
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