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chills

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Hi guys, 

I want to get some custom fit ear plugs, but last time I made an appointment, I had too much wax.  Does anyone know a safe method of removing ear wax for someone with tinnitus + mild/moderate hyperacusis?  I tried the Debrox removal kit, but it didn't work too well for me.  Last time I had it scraped out by the ENT.  It was very painful, and coincidentally, I developed tinnitus + hyperacusis a few days later.  Obviously I'm nervous to have this procedure done again.  
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Johnloudb

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Hi Chills,

My ears used to get plugged up all the time and I'd have to get them cleaned out. It never hurt me. A couple of times with a warm water rinse and couple times with a machine that they use - forget what that's called.

I doubt any of the sounds involved are loud enough to make hyperacusis worse.

My ears were plugged up so much one time that it caused over 30dB attenuation in my hearing. So, yeah, when my ears got unplugged everything was louder for a few days, more tinnitus, but my ears adjusted to it and I did take it easy with sounds for those few days and didn't push when I could tell things were too much.

Anyway, I don't stress over my symptoms much and just know that things are going to be okay. Not everyone is like that. 

Do you still use the pink noise CD?

John
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chills

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Thanks John,  

No I don't use the pink noise CD anymore.  I've found that my hyperacusis is just improving on its own with time.  It's a really slow process, but I feel improvements happening.  
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Stormy

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Maybe I'm missing something here, but if an Audi or experienced person is doing this, they should have a wire loop used for pulling ear wax out.  That along with an otoscope should solve that problem very easily without any trauma to any existing H.

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Flapjack

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In my country, ENTs usually use a device that pours warm water into the ear canal.
It's efficient and painless.

I went through it twice; before I had any H, and after, when I had - and still have - severe H.
No problems in both cases.
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Stormy

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The flushing method is used my here as well.

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Jetcmc

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Hey.
I use warm olive oil (as recommended by my ENT specialist) pour it into the ear and give it 5 minutes, the consistency of the oil and the warmth will break up the wax, it should come out after a few repetitions of this.
Make sure the oil is Luke warm and not hot.
Take care
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chills

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Thanks everyone.  
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Stormy

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Beware of the side effects--

a huge craving for pasta! 
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chills

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gardennut

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Wish I had read this earlier. I went to an ENT to have wax removed two days ago. I thought iwas losing my hearing but it was the wax buildup. I had gone to the same ENT in the past and had wax removed with m\no troublr. However this time it was awful. He had to use the suction machine and it Squealed and Shrieked  like mad.   Now I can hear again but my H is much worse than it ever has been.
Can't fathom an
 ear specialist using a machine like this in general. surely they caould come up with something quieter. I'm so upset. Mad at myself and him.
Stormy, what is a "loop" and an "otoscope" ?
We are advised by the Network not to use the water flushing method as it's too noisy. don't think it could be any worse than what I experienced.
Maybe my fault as the build up was too heavy......

Donna

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Stormy

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The otoscope is the light with a maginifying lens on it.  It looks like a flashlight with a small funnel.

The loop is just an instrument with a thin loop of wire on the end. 

This may be referred to as the scrape method.  But, it seems that hearing loss is not caused by the build up of wax in the ear canal per se, but more so by a big blob of wax deep down by the drum.  This blob is usually soft or semi-soft and can be pulled out by the loop without making a loud noise to the H paitent.

Hope this answers your question
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gardennut

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Hi Stormy, I think the ENT tried to use the loop thingy but said it wasn't working, the wax kept breaking up and was too wadded close to the ear drum. I had used oil to soften it up for a couple days before I went, but htat didn;t seem to help.. funny I don't remember the suction method being so loud the last time I had this done, maybe 5 years ago. Maybe the build up was much worse this time. I will definitely never let him use the suction thing again. I'd rather be deaf, although that was hard too, not bein g able to hear people talking unless they had loud voices.
What I wouldn't give to have normal ears..........    Trying to at least be glad I can hear again.

Donna

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Stormy

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Donna - that makes sense, sorry that suction was so loud.  Hopefully others will read and take warning if the situation presents itself.

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