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This Bud's for you.
When I said, earlier, that I already had my next entry "in my head," I wasn't kidding.

Let me tell you about my hoinia trip to the ear nose and throat place earlier.

I told some of you about this, I know, but here was Teh Stupid that got me there: Sunday before last, after decades of danger, I finally managed to pop an eardrum on account of using a goddam Qtip against its explicit instructions.  I felt what seemed like a water drop or air bubble hit way inside, and next I knew, OW. But the hearing in that ear seemed okay, which is key, because that ear, the left one, has been my only fully functioning one for over 40 years. I ruptured the eardrum in the right one a few months before turning 10, it healed but the hearing never fully came back, and between avoidance and indifference I managed to not ever try anything meaningful to enhance it or repair it.

When the condition didn't clear after a few days- pain was still occasionally there, plus more than usual ringing- I got an ENT referral, and today was the day. They were going to start with the audiologist checking the hearing, but when she looked at the left one with a basic-level scope, it looked, and this is a quote, "weird."  I was sent to a PA with stronger microscopic equipment, and she confirmed the weirdness.  Something was in there, and it wasn't a Qtip, base or cotton.  Had I ever had tubes put in?  Not from that end, I replied; I briefly wondered if some part had migrated from one of my many root canals up that way, but after a few painful pokes, she got it out.

And what was "it," you may ask?



I hold (or rather held) in my hand the source of my trouble:



That's an earbud, ifn you couldn't tell. The part on the top is what generates the tunes; the part on the bottom is what surrounds it and cushions the ear from its sharpy edginess.  But there's a third piece to the assembly: a small plastic sheath that acts as a washer of sorts between the two.  From time to time, I'd pull the bud out of that ear and would find the bottom part still stuck inside, and I'd gently pull it out. Apparently, though? One time, Gods know when (I haven't used that particular pair in months that I can remember), I brilliantly pulled out the cap but managed to leave the sheath in.  Where it remained, causing no notice or trouble, until that nasty Qtip pushed it back into the drum on Easter Sunday.

He is risen, indeed.



So that cleared up the problem as such.  There's still some ringing, but there was a fair piece of yanking plus, you know, it was IN THERE for all that time so I'm expecting a bit of that. There's no hole in the drum and the hearing in that ear (once I was passed back to the audiologist) tested out as perfectly okay for one mine age.

But then a funny thing happened. Just for shits and giggles, they checked the hearing in the right ear. Dead ear. Deaf ear. And yaknow? There IS some. It's below normal on the charts, but especially when they bypassed the ear canal and connected the testing device to the bone in the back? I could hear words, even with the left ear white-noised out.

This opens up a long-overdue lifetime of possibilities. Hearing aids or even a surgical fix. We still have the wherewithal.

The best part, of course, was that in order to do the testing, they had to put fairly invasive noise-canceling headphones into both ears. I asked them to check and be sure that they hadn't left any parts behind;)

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platypus From: platypus Date: April 18th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Q-tips are bad enough... but you stuck a Q-tip in your ONLY GOOD EAR? Tsk. Tsk, I say!

But I am glad they fixed you up, and that there may be help for your other ear!
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 18th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Least I was consistent and poked them just as dangerously in the other ear. Didn't seem to make that one any worse.
digitalemur From: digitalemur Date: April 18th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's crazy wild! I hope some sort of hearing fix for the right ear comes through, because it's annoying to only have one functioning ear.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 18th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been living with it for so long, the annoyance (for me at least) long went out of it. Probably less so for others; I was ultimately told that my nickname in college was "Lead Ear," but of course I never heard them.
snowy_owlet From: snowy_owlet Date: April 18th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
And what do you think might be lurking up your nose?
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 18th, 2012 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, there's been a small family of hobbits living up there for ages.
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: April 18th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's a joke in here somewhere about the Cybermen's earbuds...

Glad to hear you might be able to get the right ear sorted as well!
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 18th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wondered why I was given an aftercare diet of fishsticks and custard.
thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: April 18th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
And tea. Don't forget the tea. :)
thediva_laments From: thediva_laments Date: April 19th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you had a piece of an earbud in your ear.

That makes me feel better as I still clean my ears every morning with a Q-tip and would go nuts if I couldn't. As I really need my ears and I my hearing I am excessively careful about it, so I am choosing to take this cautionary tale as one about wearing quality sound accessories.

Also? I'm glad they can do something about your previously dead ear.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 19th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Earbud ears are people!

(Least this one wasn't green, although I occasionally borrow Eleanor's, which is.)
tilia_tomentosa From: tilia_tomentosa Date: April 19th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've already read the gist of the story in Eleanor's journal, but wow, that was epic!

Good luck with your not really dead ear! (or is it a zombie ear now?)
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: April 21st, 2012 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just glad it didn't migrate to my BRAINNNNNNS;)
bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: April 20th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!

Hearing aids have become remarkable these days.
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