Personal: Temporarily Deafness

May 10th, 2003 by Richy B. Leave a reply »

Ear EarI’ve gone temporarily deaf: in one ear I can only hear a fizzing noise and the other ear has been reduced to around 50% hearing. Why am I not more concerned? Because I’ve inflicted it on myself!

Yep, that’s right, I’ve made myself deaf. Before any of you point out what a stupid idea that is and that I shouldn’t listen to loud music, don’t worry – it hasn’t been caused by abuse of my hearing (I prefer things quiet anyway). Basically, I’ve noticed a gradual reduction in my hearing the last year or so and finally decided to do something about it: it’s happened once before (around 5 years ago), but then my hearing would fail to such a degree that every morning it would take around 2 hours before I was able to hear anything and I had to make an appointment with the Doctors to have my ears syringed (basically a strange machine is put into your ear canal and “fires” warm water into the ear for a few minutes and collects all the gunk that comes out). It’s quite lovely to walk into the Doctors partially deaf and walk out with better hearing that you’ve had for ages, but I just haven’t got the time to make an appointment at the Doctors as I’m very busy (yes I am, honest! 🙂 ).

So I decided to take the proactive method and went down to Boots (a large chemist chain here in the UK) and buy some ear wax remover solution (10ml for their “own brand” stuff: £4.65/$7.45) and I’ve just used it and twenty minutes later my left ear is still “bubbling”/fizzing away and there’s a movie I want to watch and record in 15 minutes .

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