Effervescent Ears..

 Looks harmless enough doesn’t it.

Apparently my ears are too narrow. Not the bit attached to the side of my head. That would be too easy. No, it’s the canal that connects the bit of ear you see to the real business end, deep inside my skull. And this is a problem because the canal can get blocked up.

Lately I’ve been feeling acutely for those with partial or total hearing loss. There’s a feeling of separation from the rest of society. It’s difficult to be in a conversation when you can’t hear what’s being said. Add to that your own voice seems trapped inside your head somehow. It’s easier just to withdraw. For me, I hope, it’s a temporary state of affairs. Which is where the little bottle comes in.

Five drops. Twice a day. Head tipped over to the side so it doesn’t just fall back out. It’s not the simplest thing to accomplish on your own and so I am forced to accept assistance from Mike. Who seems to be enjoying the whole experience far more than me. For one thing I’m convinced he’s putting in more than five drops. I can feel it slithering down the inside of my ear and then there’s total silence as the ear canal completely seals up.

But the silence doesn’t last. Oh no. For it’s shortly after that that the fizzing starts. It’s the aural equivalent of popping candy, if you’ve ever had that in your mouth. The drops are supposed to soften the wax but also, apparently, liberate oxygen which helps to disperse it. And we have to go through this rigmarole for 3-4 days.

The Doctor’s receptionist seems to know better than the instructions on the bottle. “No, you have to soften the wax for 7 days, keep going.” Oh good grief.

On the seventh day, with nothing improving, I have no choice. Ear syringing. Or irrigation as it’s called these days, as a syringe is no longer used. The contraption looks a lot like a coffee grinder that I used to own, except this one is full of warm water and with a pipe and a nozzle that gets rammed down my ear. The water seems to hit a spot somewhere between the top of my nose and retina. But it’s not really so bad. Just a lot of noise and some pressure.

“Oooh, I’ve got a huge bit…” A solid clump of wax is offered up as proof. And when the water finally drains away and I’ve given my head a good shake, suddenly I can hear. I’ve got a week off now, and then the process starts all over again. Doing both ears at one time would have been way too much.

In the meantime I’ll be grateful when the first one properly dries out. And the bubbles go away.

Each time I turn my head I can hear them. Snap. Crackle. Pop.


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  1. Caro November 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Scary to lose your hearing but wonderful to get it back again! find it extremely hard to hear properly in a crowded room but have put that down to age … Your experience with the ear drops reminds me when I was little and had ear infections, my mum would put warm oil in my ears, a strangely bizarre sensation! (But probably not as interesting as snap, crackle, pop!) Glad you’re feeling better!

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      I have discovered today that a bit of strenuous gardening helps… not so much crackling this evening!

  2. Pauline November 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Sorry you’ve been having problems Jessica, but glad that it will soon all be back to normal. I’ve just had to be syringed once, years ago, not a pleasant experience!

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      I am going to see what I need to do to stop the wax building up, syringing is not something I want to make a habit of! Thanks Pauline.

  3. Sue. November 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Have you tried Ear Candling? My son had it done in New York and was most impressed with the results. He is not the sort for that kind faffing.

    Nearly all the leaves are down and the frost has finished off the Welsh poppies just a few roses left. I still have 300 tulips to plant and 90 frats and also sent for sort of free bulb order from Bowdens, get 40 more bulbs with your order, so 45 gladioli bubs should turn up..


    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      I’ve just googled it… good grief! Brave lad!
      You are really going for it with the bulb planting, your garden is going to look a picture in Spring if they all come up. A dry spell forecast, good luck!

      • Sue. November 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm - Reply

        no he is not brave, faints if he he sees a syringe, but did not seem bothered by the thing. If you would like his email address. He would give you the low down.

        Garden will look a picture if the rabbits are not allowed to munch. I have got a spray called Grazers which seems to deter them


        • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

          Sue, you are very kind. Thank you.
          For the moment though I should carry on with the current treatment. Waking up this morning the crackling has gone and hearing is much improved!
          I’ve seen that Grazers spray and glad it works.. I wonder if it has the same effect on mice?!

          • Sue. November 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm

            Try it and see.

          • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

            Worth giving it a shot…

  4. Sue@GLAllotments November 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I had a similar problem a while ago just before we were due to go to France and the thought of trying to converse in a different language when you can’t hear in one ear sent me off to the doctor too. Apparently I have a kink in my ear canal at least in one ear. My visit was when they did syringe ears and I too witnessed the debris that was flushed out! A much quicker routine than you experienced.

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      It does feel much better when it’s done. Who knew ear canals could cause so much trouble!

  5. Rosie November 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Sympathise with you over your ears, I used to have my ears syringed when I was younger and remember that watery feeling just after the process before your hearing comes back properly. I’ve just developed tinitus so have ‘wooshing’ in my ears all the time at the moment, plus I’ve lost a little hearing in both ears – age related wear and tear they say! Good luck with your other ear:)

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

      My mother is extremely deaf, so I’m waiting for it to come my way too.

  6. Crafty Gardener November 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Nothing worse that ear problems … except perhaps the treatment to go through to clear them up. Hope you are hearing much better soon.

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. The phone has just rung and it sounded very loud indeed!

  7. Em November 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    I lost part of the hearing in one ear about two and a half years ago thanks to a practice nurse telling me to go home and wait for an ear infection to get better without seeing a doctor. Two weeks later I insisted on seeing the doctor who blanched when she looked in there and described it as orange and bubbly. I’ve never got the hearing back. I’ve adapted and am fine as long as there’s no background noise. It makes going in and reading with the young children at school virtually impossible as I can’t hear them over the voices of the others. So pleased you’ve been sorted out. I never go out without something covering my ears in winter now. Ever had Labyrinthitis? VERY bad and a precursor to that infection. take care of those earknobs (as Origami Boy calls them)!

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Oh Em, you really have been through the mill. Labyrinthitis sounds truly awful and makes my ‘problem’ seem very minor in comparison. Mike had the vertigo thing caused by a blockage of the inner ear and that made him very ill. I think I’d better knit myself a woolly hat.

  8. Jenny November 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    What a horrible set of medicines. My sinuses are rather blocked at the moment which is causing some ear fuzziness, though nothing like what you’re going though, I can definitely sympathise.

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

      I don’t know, blocked sinuses aren’t nice either. I hope you feel better soon!

  9. Jacqueline November 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    That sounds pretty rotten Jessica. My dad was always putting warm olive oil in his ears to relieve those symptoms { I don’t think that they had invented these new drops then !! } I just hope that I don’t inherit his ear problems !!
    Hope that it doesn’t take too long to sort and that you will be hearing everything at full volume soon.. XXXX

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

      Suddenly everything is much louder, to the left of me anyway. The phone… plus there’s something resident in the roof space. I can hear it much more clearly now, right above my desk!

  10. Anna November 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Not nice a nice sensation or experience Jessica 🙁 Was syringed years ago – did not enjoy the procedure but it did the trick.Take care and as my mum would say make sure your ears are warm if you’re outdoors!

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

      Yes, I didn’t stay out very long today. I shall be looking for a woolly hat pattern. Or maybe a pair of ear muffs? That might be quite cool..

  11. Bilbowaggins November 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Hope the drops work and you’re back to normal soon. Management has hearing problems and last time he went to the Practise Nurse apparently she didn’t syringe them … what he described was more like vacuuming. I don’t think he particularly enjoyed the experience :}

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      If it also involved a spray of water it could be what I had. It certainly sounded like vacuuming at the time..

  12. Suzie November 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica, Hubby has exactly the same problem as you, and has had his ears syringed several times over the years…only going to the docs when I tell him he’s shouting! As you say no more syringing. He has been advised to put one drop of olive oil into his ears once a month to help keep the wax soft and this seems to be working well. I hope yours is sorted soon and no more rice krispies ears!

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Suzie and welcome to rusty duck.
      Now that sounds like good advice. And I was trying to remember what cereal it was… had narrowed it down to either rice krispies or sugar puffs!

  13. Jo November 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    My daughter has exactly the same problem, narrow ears. She had no end of problems when she was a bit younger, I was never away from the doctor’s with her. She hasn’t had an episode for a while now, but I can sympathise with you as I saw how uncomfortable it all was for her.

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jo. Must be even more difficult if you are at school, hearing pretty crucial then.

  14. Anne @ Life in Mud Spattered Boots November 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    How strange to have a fizzing in your ears. Many years ago I lost my hearing in one ear and understand now how easy it is easy for people with partial hearing to just switch off and not bother to join in the conversation. Luckily my problem was easily sorted as an earring back had dropped into my ear and the wax had built an effective plug around it. Hope you’re soon back to normal.

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

      It is a strangely comforting sensation, having got used to it. I’d lie in bed thinking of all the wax being broken up by the fizzing. An earring back! That would gum up the works, I’m glad it was easy to remove.

  15. countrysidetales November 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    M gets blocked up ears too and he puts olive or veg oil down them every 3-4 days and gets them syringed (which he loves) fairly regularly. They were once so bad when he was in Germany on business that he slept through the alarm and missed an important meeting. I was in a total panic because I couldn’t raise him, in the end a colleague had to virtually knock the door down! 🙂

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      It is amazing how effectively wax can block up your ear. There is only one advantage that I can see… at night, lie on your side with bad ear up and the sound of snoring is entirely eliminated. 🙂

  16. frayed at the edge November 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Oh dear – poor you. I get earache in my right ear in cold (especially windy) weather – it’s a miserable thing.

    • Jessica November 22, 2013 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      Thankfully no earache yet, although I’m now wondering if I may regret my stint out in the garden this afternoon, especially as it seems my ear has not yet fully dried out.
      Could you make yourself a pair of quilted earmuffs??

  17. Cathy November 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica – I am so sorry about all this… The little bottle will be a bicarb solution which for mild blockages is very effective. I have heard that the syringing is no fun – try Googling ‘Neil Med’ for ears as a more palatable alternative. They also do one for sinuses which is very effective (the Golfer has been using it recently) and can be recommended for regular use for keeping air passages clear. As for Hopi ear candling the mind boggles about what you read if your reaction is anything to go by! It’s one of the holistic therapies I give, and as well as having benefits for a range of physical conditions it is astonishingly relaxing too and there is nothing frightening about it all. The ‘candles’ bear little resemblance to the candles that we know 😉

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

      Have just googled Neil Med, definitely worth a try next time. It sounds like the trick is not to wait until your ear is completely blocked up before using it!
      I hadn’t come across ear candling until reading Sue’s comment and didn’t mean to cast aspersions. Obviously the article I read took a different view but I’ve never had an issue with holistic therapies and know that they can be very effective indeed. Thanks for your help Cathy.

  18. Sarah November 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear you have been having problems with your ears. The fizzying and ear syringe sound horrible,but it must be wonderful to have your hearing back in one ear. I use ear candles and as Cathy mentions above they are extremely relaxing and I have found them to be useful. You would need help from Mike if you used them to tell you when they have burnt down to the line!
    Sarah x

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:39 am - Reply

      It is wonderful to be able to hear properly again, in one ear at least. I think I am going to have to turn the volume on the phone down… it is so loud now it hurts! Thanks Sarah.

  19. Laura November 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear about the ears…but at this point in the week, I would love to tune a few people out ;0)
    Mine are terribly sensitive to wind, and in winter I have to wear a balaclava under my touque. Kind of makes me look like a nun, but it works for me!

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Hey, if it works, never mind what you look like! Hope the move is going well.

  20. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA November 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    Oh I feel for you. One, having to have someone else put the drops in. I too need help with everything.
    Cutting up food, washing up after and worst of all waiting for help to get dressed!
    I’m not sure which is worse, having what your hearing muffled or having the snap,crackle and pop?
    Because I’m working outdoors all year, the going indoors that’s warm and very dry due to the wood stove from the outdoor elements that are usually chilly and damp effect my sinuses and ears. I frequently have a crackling in my ears. I does drive one to distraction at times.
    I hope yours clears up soon.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:50 am - Reply

      It does now seem to be getting better, thank you.
      You’ll be even more relieved when the cast comes off! Although I like to muffle up when going outside for walks it is a bit restricting when doing any serious gardening. Have been hooked to a bramble bush by my hat before!

      • Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA November 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

        Yes, the dressing layers a bit cumbersome. Years ago when my hair was long and the wind was blowing, I managed to get it tangled in a bulb auger. It was a job to get the layers of gloves off, hold the drill while untangling my braid. Gardening is an interesting, challenging hobby that is also a bit dangerous. As you know with your banged up ankle this summer. Still, all worth it in the end.
        Glad your hearing better. Now for the other ear….

        • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

          Oh crikey.. that must have been a sight!
          It’s already two fleece weather here, only November, and that is cumbersome enough. I have a problem with gloves. Having small hands the fingers are always too long. I was out this morning and the ground was still frozen, but to pick up small weeds I have to take them off. The next Doctors appointment will be to deal with frostbite at this rate..
          Enjoy your enforced sojourn!

  21. CJ November 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Sorry about your ears, how annoying. My other half has small ear canals apparently, and struggles a little with his hearing on and off. Sometimes I can mutter things quite loudly and he doesn’t hear a thing… Hope yours is all sorted very soon.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 10:57 am - Reply

      I hadn’t realised until reading the comments just how common a problem this is. You would think there would be more widespread advice on how to avoid the consequences. Mike seems to have selective hearing too, but I suspect his is under voluntary control 😉

  22. snowbird November 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Oh you poor thing, all that sounds really horribly. It is awful when you can’t hear properly, I suffered terribly with my ears as a child and became excellent at lip reading, no good when in a crowd though. I hope everything settles and gets back to normal soon.xxx

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:05 am - Reply

      My mother has learnt to lip read very effectively. It is amazing how much her ‘hearing’ improves when she has her glasses on. It’s no joke though, as I’ve found out.

  23. Wendy November 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    I really sympathise, Jessica. Ear microsuction is the best treatment, I think, but nothing like this to do with the ears is very nice, is it? Mind you, it always amuses me when the doctors or nurses chatter away during treatment and you can’t hear a thing!
    Hope all is well again soon.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

      Yes, they did that to me. I’m glad I decided to do one ear at a time, it’s made the whole thing a lot easier.

  24. nataliescarberry November 23, 2013 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Oh my, Jessica. Bless your heart. I do hope it’s much better very soon and all the noises stop. I’ll be praying for your health and wellness. Blessings, Natalie

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Natalie, you are very kind. It’s already getting better, just one more ear to go!

  25. haggiz November 23, 2013 at 7:48 am - Reply

    That sounds very uncomfortable and not very pleasant… I’ve never had my ears syringed and after reading this don’t think I ever want to! Hope you’re feeling back to normal soon. Julie x

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

      It isn’t that bad really. I can think of worse things!

  26. Virginia November 23, 2013 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I read this post with concern Jessica. I have serious hearing loss and it is an isolating experience, and all too often permanent. I’d protect both your ears AND your sinuses by wearing a thick hat and a muffler covering your nose if it is very cold, as there is a connection between the two. I do hope you’re better soon. If you’re not I’d strongly recommend you see a specialist ASAP.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Hi Virginia and thank you for your concern. It is much appreciated and I will take your advice. I have had an insight over the last few days of what hearing loss must be like and I feel for you greatly. I hope you have been able to adapt. As you know I tend to write in a fairly lighthearted style, please don’t take this as minimising the issue.

      • Virginia November 24, 2013 at 7:05 am - Reply

        No, I didn’t think you’d done that at all. My concern was lest the doctors “string you along” with the ‘Try this’ then ‘Try that’ when all the time a specialist would have done something effective!!

        • Jessica November 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm - Reply

          Such things happen here too. Thanks Virginia.

  27. Janet/Plantaliscious November 23, 2013 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Eugh, I have had to help TNG with something similar, but so far (cross fingers, touch wood etc.) have never suffered myself. Interestingly our GP recommended TNG use warm olive oil once a day instead of getting irrigated, said it was more gentle. I was tempted to make stir frying jokes about it to him, but it did work. And it probably wouldn’t crackle, which must be a tad maddening after a while.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:35 am - Reply

      The crackling was a bit strange, tis true. You remind me of when Mike was diagnosed with housemaid’s knee. The offer to buy him a little French pinny wasn’t well received.

  28. BadPenny November 23, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Oh how I hear you ! ( sorry ) I had awful trouble with my ears in my twenties. I went really dizzy & vague. My boss thought it was hilarious when EAR WAX was diagnosed. I was in a complete daze & people shouted at me !
    I’ve always used olive oil. The nurses ALWAYS tell you how big the bits are. Have you heard of Hopi ear treatment ? I’ve had it several times & it’s very soothing though there is a crackle !

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

      The olive oil does sound like a good idea. I’ve just heard of Hopi, will look into that further too.
      Sound, hear, heard? Just goes to show how important our hearing is to us.
      Thanks Penny.

  29. Vera November 23, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Hope your ears are soon back to optimum performance for you. Its not nice to be half here.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Thanks Vera. What I missed most was the birdsong whilst I was outside.

  30. Anny November 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I was going to say something flippant about not having to listen to all the Dr Who hype, but to be honest we take our hearing and sight so much for granted, I’m just pleased you’re getting some relief, it must have been horrid. Best wishes to you.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      Thanks Anny. I am ignoring Dr Who anyway, hearing or no hearing. My days of hiding behind the sofa are long since past.

  31. Helene November 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Ohh, I feel for you, hope you are getting better, I have been told I have really small ear canals too, almost funny, as everything else on me is really big – I am 5’9” and use size 8 shoes…Luckily I have never had to have my ears syringed but I struggled to find earplugs for my MP3 player, they just kept falling out, ended up buying child size and they are great!

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Now you come to mention it, I’ve never had much luck with earplugs either… great tip!

  32. CherryPie November 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    One of my ears does that from time to time. I am so glad it doesn’t happen to both of them. The sudden rush of sound after the treatment is always surprising.

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      I was looking forward to it. I sort of got it, but it took 24 hours to take full effect.

  33. colleen November 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    This all sounds (ahem) so familiar. Rally though, it’s oh so wonderful when you can actually hear again.
    (Apparently fair people are more likely to have a build up of wax in their ears. Can that be true? And why?)

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Now this is so unfair. I always wanted to be blonde. Or indeed red. Yet I am brunette and have wax.

  34. Denise November 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    I shall put my hand up too and admit to be being of the Narrow Ear Canal Brigade also. Luckily, this has not caused many problems over my life, except one hideous ear infection about 3 years ago. Bit of tinnitus every now and then, too. And a growing intolerance to noise in general. So bless you, Jessica – I hope your ears clear up soon and clarity returns!

    • Jessica November 23, 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t have narrow ears? A general intolerance to noise is something I am very familiar with. But I think that is because we are getting old Denise.

  35. 1gus1 November 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Oh, well done, Jessica:-) I’m familiar with the fizzing, popping experience – I’ve never coped well ‘with noise in company’ but I don’t know whether that’s a medical problem or my innate nosiness . . . Hope your ears return to full duty soon.

    • Jessica November 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      The fizzing and popping was quite weird, at least I’ll be ready for it next time!

  36. Amy at love made my home November 24, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Probably all already been said, but I hope that your back to normal soon. My hubby has a similar problem and it is very annoying for him. When he clears his ears out – he has a syringe thing so he can do it himself – he always complains about how noisy his clothes are for about 2 days afterwards. It really does make you appreciate how hard it must be for people who have permanent hearing loss though, as you said. Anyway, hope that all is going well and that you are hearing all sorts of things again! xx

    • Jessica November 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Oh he’s brave doing it himself, but no doubt knows what he is doing. One more ear to go for me.
      Hope you’re feeling better too.

      • Amy at love made my home November 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm - Reply

        Yes thanks Jessica, but gosh, I missed a lot of blog reading. It seems that bloggers are a lot busier than I realised! xx

        • Jessica November 25, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

          Yes, I am frequently behind the pace!

  37. Simone November 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I hope your ears are feeling better now and are no longer fizzing! x

    • Jessica November 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm - Reply

      Until Thursday, when it all starts again!

  38. islandthreads November 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Jessica sorry to read of your deafness and discomfort but pleased for you to read it is temporary and something can be done about it, hope you will be feeling better soon, take care, Frances

    • Jessica November 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks Frances.
      I hope the rain has kept away from the Isles for a bit? Even though we have had some dry days here the ground is still so very claggy.

  39. Chel C November 25, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Ooo I know that feeling, especially when the head is tipped and you have to judge when it is safe to lift it again. That feeling of when you are not sure if it went in your ear or it is just running across your neck. I really hope you are able to hear in both ears soon. You take care.

    By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog, the hamster is the quietest things on the wheel! (sorry you are a no reply blogger so wasn’t able to reply directly).


    • Jessica November 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chel. I’m beginning to get the knack. It’s a case of manoeuvring your ear like a flexible cup, so that you can direct the flow.. especially important when someone else is in control of the squeezey bottle..
      I’m going to have to investigate this no reply thing.. it must be in the settings somewhere, sorry to be a pain.

  40. Natalie November 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Oh UGH. My ear was once blocked for over a month with a bad infection. it drove me nuts!! I hope your ear is happy again soon.

    • Jessica November 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      It’s horrible isn’t it. You and I are lucky.. it cleared. Thanks Natalie.

  41. Vintage Jane November 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I hope your ear problems are sorted out now and you are back to proper hearing levels. I have tinnitus and know how annoying it can be when your hearing is not as perfect as you are used to. Keep them covered in this cold weather!

    • Jessica November 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks VJ. I have just started the second course of drops, so am back to being partially deaf again. Hopefully it will be resolved though, in about a week. We take hearing too much for granted. It makes me feel very vulnerable.. I can ‘hear’ strange noises but not always work out what they are.

  42. Knitsofacto Annie December 3, 2013 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I do feel for you! I’ve never had to have my ears irrigated – really don’t like the sound of that – but I have a sinus problem that means air gets trapped sometimes and then I get a bubbling/popping in my ears that can go on at intervals for weeks. I hope you’re all sorted now x

    • Jessica December 3, 2013 at 11:00 am - Reply

      Getting there Annie, I hope. Two days to go before the second one gets done! Thank you.

  43. Philippa December 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Olive oil is also good for softening cerumen. Cold, slithery, less noisy. I can tip it in myself (just) using a tiny bottle cap, and then pop in some cotton wool and go gently off to sleep as the oil warms and makes me feel slighlty cosseted … unlike those pesky earplugs which won’t fit when I am trying to sleep during the day (I too have narrow ear canals and normal-sized pinnae).

    • Jessica December 5, 2013 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      I’ve just returned from having the second ear done. A couple of drops per ear once a week is what has been suggested, to keep things nice and soft. I can never manage earplugs either. Thanks for the professional advice!

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