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Luzern
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Lughole attack

It was by a very nice practice nurse to syringe my ears of wax. Last time, nine months back, I was told not to put the aids back in for a while to dry, but this time for 24 hours to dry ears, and avoid infection.

Nice for ignoring, but useless for TV and important things, but it all seems like over caution. Have any of you had instructions like that?

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Minivanman
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My right ear gets clogged and hard with wax and I have to have it cleaned out at least once a year, but because both ears have been operated on many times in the past (skin grafts because of perforations and missing/damaged stirrup bones) then neither the doctor or the nurse practitioner will go near either of them with a ten foot barge pole so they have to ship me off to the hospital.

It's quite a kerfuffle, because what with doctors acting as they do as 'gate-keepers' for hospital apointments I usually have a long wait, what with the time it takes to make an appointment in the first to see one, and then the time it takes to make an appointment with the hospital... and then the long wait until the designated date - along with the hope that it's not cancelled in the meantime and has to be rebooked. Grrr. 

24 Hours @Luzern ? I should be so lucky!

PS. Olive oil helps. Smiley

PPS. Due to see the doctor about my 'lughole' in one weeks time after an already two week wait. Should have my ear sorted before Brexit?  Age don't come alone that's for sure. 

 

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Specsavers do a vacuum rather than a washing service which I've used once before - it was pretty good but £35 an ear not cheap. Like @Minivanman I only tend to have issues with my right ear and for an emergency option (woke up blocked on a Sunday morning and flying monday morning) it was well worth it.
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Minivanman
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Ah yes, I've heard about that. (see what I did there? Roll eyes)

Expensive as you say, but I doubt they would want to go near near mine if I gave then even a half brief history. Not sure if I'd trust 'em anyway but perhaps I'm just being understably over cautious. 

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@Minivanman Hope it goes like clockwork! You must have been very unlucky with your ears.Cry Do I get impression, Welsh NHS is not good?

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
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Not sure if the Welsh NHS is better of worse than the English version @Luzern and this report does not shed much light on it either other than spending per capita seems to be about the same for each region.

Thanks for the encouragment and I hope if goes OK as well and it usually does - apart from that long wait. As for luck it was more a case of time and circumstance as I contracted both Mumps and Scarlet fever at the same time when I was just over a year old and one year as it happens before the NHS started.

'Luckily' only my ears were affected and not my testicles! 

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I blow out my own ears when necessary using a rubber squeezy thing. Maybe once every year or two.

I did let the doctors practice nurse do it once but never again. They used cold water and were far too heavy handed for my liking.. I use warm water obviously and I can tell and stop instantly when the wax is cleared. Plus I like to puts a few drops of olive oil in to soften the wax overnight. Makes things very easy.

 

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20ML Syringe ( obtainable from ebay) warm soapy water and do the job yourself....providing there is no other problem with your ears other than wax.

Remember you will feel dizzy for a few minutes afterwards.

Been doing this for years without any problems.

NOTE: I accept no responsibility for anyone doing damage to their ears following the above, I am simply describing what I do.

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I keep well out. Earex a few years ago is the most I've ever done. Just don't go to Asia. There, the ear cleaning really can get to you. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Putting metal devices into your ears can't be safe! And yes, hair dressing street side isn't uncommon.

 

@Minivanman  I contracted both Mumps and Scarlet fever at the same time when I was just over a year old . 'Luckily' only my ears were affected and not my testicles! 

Funny I contracted mumps, measles and chicken pox in very short order when I was about 5 years old and one of them left my ears affected. Fortunately the frequencies used for speech are only moderately affected but it soon goes off once you get to about 6khz plus. Got my aids but only use them when required, couldn't wear them day in, day out. I find the world is too noisy! I do sometimes wonder how people with 'normal' hearing cope.

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By coincidence there was an article in The Times about this today. Here's an extract:

"Don’t syringe your ears
Wax normally works its way out of your ears naturally, but sometimes people overproduce wax and sometimes it doesn’t move out as quickly as it should, so it builds up in the ear canal. This causes discomfort and hearing problems. The answer used to be syringing, getting a doctor or nurse to squirt water into the ear to shift the wax. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the NHS watchdog, advises against the technique because research has indicated it to be ineffective and “potentially harmful”.

The problem, Wareing says, is that the procedure is largely guesswork. Doctors and nurses can’t see into the ear while they’re syringing and can’t accurately control the water flow. Home syringing kits also have risks, but there are alternatives such as microsuction (see below), where doctors can see into the ear as the procedure is performed."

Here's a link to the full article:       http://tinyurl.com/y2ducp4r

 

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@idonno 

Don't recall the frequencies exactly but seem to recall being told that those above 75% are within the speech threshold area and that although hearing is 'acceptable' below that, above it you miss out a lot of what is being said. Really annoying when you can hear some things but not others and folks say "well you heard that OK". Grrr big time.

Hard to cope with in my younger days and not inclined to wear an aid, say I'm hard of hearing or even ask people to speak up. Now much older and it goes with the territory and not at all bothered by letting everbody know that I'm a deaf old duffer!

Strange how things turn out as one of my daughters teaches deaf children - with the help of sign language of course. My own schooldays were a nightmare of not having a clue what was going on so you can imagine what my maths was like. Miss one bit and you are up a gum tree,

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@Minivanman wrote:

@idonno 

imanagine what my maths was like. Miss one bit and you are up a gum tree,

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I could hear every bit yet my maths was still up a gumtree.

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@ffox wrote:

The problem, Wareing says, is that the procedure is largely guesswork. Doctors and nurses can’t see into the ear while they’re syringing


That's why I do it myself. You can feel it very clearly. And the bit about don't syringe your ears. That came about because overdoing it is a problem. As an ear doctor explained to me best not to do it too often. Once a year if necessary. More often only if there is a real problem. As too often can lead to the ears producing even more wax to compensate.

 

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One specialist actually told me not to put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow!

A gentle clean around the outer ear canal with a damp cotton bud on occassion, and that's about it. 

Luzern
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Just a few points. They don't syringe now, they irrigate with a special machine using warm water. My nurse practitioner examined the ears prior to treatment and after to ensure wax had gone. I had used oil and a bulb to jet water into the ears, but wax was still there, which is a problem for aid wearers. But everyone is different.

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.