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July 18th, 2005, 11:20 AM
Last Thursday I noticed that I was losing hearing in my RH ear. While exiting the pool on Wednesday I attempted to clear some water out of my ear with my finger which only served to drive it further inside. Anyhow, I can still hear but the level of hearing is diminished. There is no pain so I decided to use some swimmer's ear eardrops (Rubbing Alcohol in a bottle). How long should I wait before I go to an MD? Wait for pain? Until Thursday?

Leonard Jansen
July 18th, 2005, 11:42 AM
I occasionally have the same thing happen to me. For me, it means that I am getting crud in my inner ear because I am not using my ear drops regularly. So I: 1) Use a rubber ear cleaning bulb to get out any crud that has accumulated 2) Use ear drops regularly.

BTW, I make a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar that seems to work better (and is lots cheaper) than the ear drops you buy in the store.

Your mileage may vary.


July 18th, 2005, 01:39 PM
Probably wax in the ear canal--you can try the over the counter drops to soften it up but don't try to remove it yourself (see a professional).

July 18th, 2005, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the advice guys. I will give the drops a day or two to work their magic but if things don't improve I will make an appointment to see an ear/nose/throat MD about it. Actually, I am going to see my cardiologist on Thursday for my stress echo. Maybe I'll have him take a peek in there. Kill two birds with one stone.

July 19th, 2005, 07:09 AM
I use a combination of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide 50/50. I fill my ear up with the stuff and then let it drip out into my towel. If there is alot of wax in there you can hear it fiz.