had my ears cleaned by a ear doctor. haven‘t done it for some 10 years. but after washing my ears/hairs one ear was totally closed down and wouldn‘t re open.
... and now everything sounds super harsh! all my mixes sound like sh*t! hahaha! i can‘t touch a high shelf!
guess i have to adapt to it when mixing right now. re-listen to some reference songs more. my hearing is really clearer than i thought and doctor said MY frequency response is still very good (for my age, haha!).
i wasn‘t expecting such a dramatic change. anyone had the same experience? and the most important advice: take care of your ears!
I couldn’t believe the difference. When I got in my car and closed the door for the first time I thought my head was going to explode.
Some might say it's amazing how many of us in this racket have ear issues, but in fact we're only the segment of the population that notices. Most humans have similar issues all the time, they just aren't placed in critical listening environments/positions where it would become apparent.
I'm always 'popping' my ears, making sure everything is hunky dory.
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[..] but in fact we're only the segment of the population that notices. Most humans have similar issues all the time, they just aren't placed in critical listening environments/positions where it would become apparent.[...]
Absolutely true. I don't remember off the top of my head, losing a few kHz of your hearing by your 50s/60s is expected for the typical human. Anything from going to sporting events, concerts, working in busy and loud workplaces.
When you factor in how media in general is becoming a constant in our (people in general) lives, it's no surprise that I keep reading articles about elevated hearing loss in younger generations, or the opposite, people never noticing things like tinnitus... can't hear the ringing if sound is constantly present!
I had a "problem" with one of my ears a few months ago, similar to shea. This kind of stuff freaks me out so I went DIY on it. But OBVIOUSLY BE CAREFUL you don't want to deafen yourself!
I mixed a potion of rubbing alcohol, cider vinegar, and water. There is a specific ratio you're supposed to use. You pour it in and let it soak for a few minutes.
Then you tilt and drain it out, and you can irrigate your ear with one of those little blow bulb things (I used a Giottos Rocket Blaster designed for camera cleaning) filled with warm water.
Anyway the "horrible thing" came out, and I went about my business after about 8 hours of not being able to hear properly.
Just a tip for people who don't want to go to the MD, necessarily. Although doctors are great, yes.
i would definitely recommend a doctor. in europe its like 100€, i know its not the same in the states but thats not much to me and for my health. doctor said i could use some drops of olive oil from time to time to clean myself but i doubt i will try it.
I'm with phdamage. Apparently excessive earwax is a genetic thing. My dad had lifelong issues and I have to have it removed every 2-3 years. A number of months back I was reading the tinnitus thread because I thought I incurred it after a huge blast of feedback in my headphones (for some reason I inevitibly forget to turn things down or take the phones off when making routing changes). Suddenly felt like my left ear lost highs and I heard some ringing. Went to my primary care physician freaking out. He looked in both ears and said an audible "huh....". Right ear was fine. Left ear almost completely plugged. (There's no way it was a DIY, monkeyxx.)
Won't delineate the gory details, but suffice to say that after the cleaning it still took 4-5 days before the hearing in my left ear balanced out and the ringing left. Always good to have your doc take a peek.
An ENT doctor, after seeing me for about the third time, told me to get a jar and an eye drop, fill the jar with a 50/50 blend of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar, and use the drops every time I got out of the shower. Couple drops in each ear and just keep it in there for five seconds.
No more ear infections. The vinegar cleans out the weird stuff and the alcohol helps any moisture evaporate quickly.
Well now my interest is piqued. Who do you see to get it done?
I would personally recommend an ENT/specialist. I had years of buildup "handled" by primary doc nurses, and the amount of force they used turned to PAIN. Could be psychological, but ever since, I've felt my left ear has slightly reduced function and a bit of tinnitus.
Just to clarify - nothing wrong with getting your ears cleaned, but I would definitely trust it to an ENT or ear specific specialist just to be on the safe side. I'm sure the majority of nurses/doctors could do this with their eyes closed without issue, but I would be overly cautious when it comes to your money-makers.
Edit: To piggy-back on Sirthought's notes regarding self-cleaning; I do something similar though not as often. An initial cleaning to get out any major build-up would still be helpful, but there's definitely value in taking care of your ears with your own regimen. Just remember our bodies and ears are all different; if anyone plans on doing their own formula/solution for each cleaning/maintenance, trust your body and get advice from practicing medical professionals.
I used to get that feeling in my 20s when I had them cleaned. Almost too sensitive afterwards. Now getting close to 40 and too much drum corps and guitar without protection is starting to show. Assymetrical hearing etc. Still in the normal range but right on the -20db line in the left ear at 3khz ish. Cleaning my ears doesn't do that anymore. Sadly, I just feel like they need to be cleaned all the time even though they aren't bogged down with anything. I try not to think about it.
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I went to the doctor for this as a youth , Blasted my ear , hurt . been using these cvs kits ever since . they work fine , if you have a full block , you just need to take your time and let the solution work .