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Chairman201

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Hello all,

I had one and it led to being diagnosed with H and TMJ. What does one do to prevent future infections. (I always get rushed out of the ENT's visit with me after waiting 1 and half hours to see him.)

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olms

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Chairman:

I use to get ear infections after wearing bubble gum-like ear plugs.

The plugs help form heat and moisture, which gave me (2, I think it was) ear infections. The anti-biotics to stop the ear infection caused me more h and t.

So, I would take the anti-biotics when I had the infection, because I felt had to stop the ear infections. I stopped the infections by not wearing the plugs. 

And the h became less severe because I wasn't wearing the plugs hours a day.  

Are you wearing ear plugs a lot?

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Chairman201

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No, just occasionally. Sorry to hear thats a risk, now.

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Matias

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About ear infections read: www.drfuhrman.com

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Matias

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Or http://www.diseaseproof.com

It has advice on how to prevent disease tru nutrition
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olms

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Chairman:

What about water in your ears? After my ear infections from moisture and heat caused by ear plugs hours a day, I knew to avoid moisture in my ears, for that's what caused the two infections.

I think kids who have gotten ear infections are often told by their doctors to not get water in their ears when they go swimming.

Might want to check some of the medical websites such as webmed, I beleive it is, and see what they say causes ear infections.

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musician

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Make sure to always wash your hands before inserting earplugs, so that the earplugs are perfectly clean. I'm no doctor, but I'm pretty sure that the infections come when the water makes it easier for the bacteria that's already on the earplug to travel into your body. If you get moisture in you ear, you can remove the earplug and dry your ear with a q-tip.
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Make sure to always wash your hands before inserting earplugs, so that the earplugs are perfectly clean

 

How right you are.  I live in desert country where the temp is 110 in the shade in the summer months – and I spend a few months of the year often in very hot countries where 135 is common day time temp.

 

Until about 4 years go, I got a lot of ear infections from wearing my ear plugs.   A poster on this board firmly advised me, among other things - that I was going to get ear infections from wearing them.

 

However, I have personally moulded silicon ear plugs – which have the identical fit created for hearing aides, which millions about the world wear on a full day basis – and those people wear them FAR more than I do.  If an ear infection comes about, it is not from the hearing aide (plug) itself. 

 

My mistakes were as follows:

- as the world about me was so dry - I would surreptitiously lick a very tiny edge of an ear plug before inserting – anything to get them to fit without sticking.

- directly after swimming - if necessary I would insert an ear plug, and should have waited until the canal was dry. 

- I did not cover up for the day, the soft wax ear plugs I sometimes needed for sleeping. 

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Chairman201

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So Tom and others,

How many hours is it safe to wear ear plugs?

I'm thinking of wearing them only on Saturdays for 4 hours and Mon - Fri during the 1 hour (each way) Morning and Evening commute.

Is that too much?

Thanks,

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Rob

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Chairman,

Would you say a little more about why you believe you need to wear earplugs for four hours on Saturday and during your morning and evening commutes to work? 

Have you devised a strategy with your audiologist to improve your decreased tolerance of sound?

Have you discussed earplug use with your audiologist and, if so, what does your audiologist suggest?

Rob 
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Chairman201

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Rob,

I didn't get a chance to go in depth on the ear plug issue with the audiologist. She stated never, ever wear them, unless you're near a jackhammer for example, as your ears will weaken.

However, I was just entertaining the idea of wearing them during the summer commute - maybe I'll just stick to wearing my earphones with the symphony music playing softly and the windows open.

The reason i was going to wear them for 4 hours on Saturdays is because I drive a hearse and the funeral director talks very loud, people are screaming and crying and I have to honk the horn thru the intersections during the funeral procession. Is that a bad idea?

Thanks again,

Chairman201
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pattiluv

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when i was in long's (a chain drug store) the other day i saw "antibiotic earplugs".(from "macks" or someone like that, and silicone based). specifially made to stop infections.

 i have no idea if these are a good idea or a terrible one. after reading all these posts i will give them a second look. has anyone else tried them?

patti

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Rob

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Chairman,

 

Your audiologist is onto something.  What she’s really saying is that unless you are around sound which could be dangerously loud for someone with normal sound tolerance, do your best to not use earplugs.  I generally agree with that.  As a suggestion, you may want to ask your audiologist to explain in greater depth why she feels the way she does.  Maybe she can also advise you on the best way to approach that 4-hour Saturday drive in the hearse.  Spending a few hours around screaming folks and a loud talker doesn’t sound like a picnic.  So, see what your audiologist advises. 

 

Rob

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