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Think I did this the other morning with a Qtip. No pain until the evening and then some bleeding. Now there is lingering pain and I can't hold the phone to my ear because the sound creates more pain and a headache. No hearing loss or distortion as far as I can tell.
I read these things will heal in about a week. Anyone have experience with this "injury" or confirm the healing time?
Apparently you Qtip WITH AUTHORITY.
It's a qtip not a knife.
A man's gotta eat!
Was just going to post this.
There's a reason why doctors say using Q-tips is a bad idea.
You could sue Q-tip, but the judge might require a hearing.
The class stinky kid
That commercial is disgusting. Yeah, we know it sucks out the wax. You don't need to show us the person dumping it out into the trash.
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." - Mark Dantonio.
Having gone through this before, I'd be all ears.
qtips mostly are good at shoving wax deeper into your ears.
Done it twice. Both times, I had a cold and one thing lead to another....the first time, i dont remember having much hearing loss. The second time, I couldn't hear for about three weeks but everything eventually returned to normal
It's actually bad for your ears if you remove all of your ear wax. It's kind of gross, but it serves a purpose.
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. I'm not too sure about the former." - Albert Einstein
True, but I don't think many people want it to all be gone. And if there's an excess that causes blockages, you've gotta get that stuff out. Which is gross/AWESOME!
Punctured eardrum, anyone?
Punctured it once while snorkling. It felt like I was constantly on a airplane. When I did it, I had slight dizziness and then was fine. After a day or two i had a lot of wax build up etc. Keep an eye on it, the doctors can't do much. They will just tell you to avoid water and pressure changes.
Apparently I've punctured both of my ear drums unknowingly at some point. Every time I go to the doctor she asks me if I had ear tubes as a kid because of the scars.
You're right. It heals in about a week. Just treat it with sensitivity.
Next time, go easy on your ears and only clean them after a shower (so the moisture loosens the accumulations.)
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
I normally just try and find the closest small skinny object sterilize it and stick it in my ear to get any gunk out. Works much better than a q-tip. I save those for my nose.
Love to hear all the ear stories! First, if the q-tip had punctured your eardrum you would have felt some significant immediate pain, often described as excruciating. There also would have been some immediate bleeding and dullness in hearing (lower speech frequency loss, 250-750 Hz). The delay in pain and bleeding tends to say that you may have scratched the ear canal skin, which possiby scabbed up and then later in the day the scab was dislodged somehow. Moral of the story: don't use q-tips past the opening of the canal.
I keep a image collection of things that I've seen stuck in ear canals, and q-tips and q-tip cotton ranks up there pretty high. Here's a pretty good example of a perforation, a q-tip problem, and something you don't want in you ear at night....
.....I was born to synthesize.....
Oh yeah...forgot to say that if the problem keeps up, go see your doctor or you local friendly audiologist!
I went to the audiologist to get some molds for musicians' earplugs. I thought it would REALLY suck, but it wasn't bad at all, and she dug out a ridiculous amount of earwax out of necessity. Would visit again.
Well now I've heard it all.
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