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161 Post author: Yvain 11 March 2009 09:39PM

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Comment author: ChristianKl 28 December 2012 09:24:24PM -1 points [-]

How many percent of the population have earwax obstructions? How do I know whether I have one?

Comment author: HalMorris 29 December 2012 01:00:41AM 0 points [-]

If it had happened for as long as you can remember then imagine your hearing is pretty poor. If it just showed up at some point in time, I think you'd notice it.

It's happened to me several times, and doctors flushed it out a couple of times though I've since learned to do it myself with a rubber bulb type syringe (and warm, not cold water). This is not a recommendation as I'm not a doctor and have no idea likely someone would be to do some damage, but if there is a risk, I either have the right touch or am just lucky.

When it happens, the ear with the problem hears pretty poorly and I feel something like I'm under water. Usually it comes and goes a few time, the experience being like your ears popping on a plane or when driving over a mountain. Then at some point it doesn't go away and I have to deal with it.