SAM – I’ve Lost My Earabilities

July 27, 2008 at 8:24 pm Leave a comment

I woke up Saturday morning and the first thing I realized was that I couldn’t hear out of my right ear…not a ringing/can’t hear, but rather a blocked/can’t hear. 

Now it’s not the first time this has happened.  As a teen I used to get a clogged ear all the time.  Mom would run to the drug store and get this stuff called Debrox-it fizzes out the wax.  So that was my first plan of action for Saturday….get me some Debrox.  The stuff comes with a bulb syringe so you can blast out the wax after the drops loosen it up.

Other than the simple annoyance of not being able to hear in one ear, I also wondered how being minus one ear would affect me at work. You know, since radio is based on sound waves and audio and at this point my intake of audio and soundwaves had been cut in half.  It’s kinda like a pilot with vertigo, an auctioneer who loses his voice or a clown who is afraid of kids…you get the picture…it’s not a good thing.

Jack and I went for donuts and then to Wal Mart Saturday morning…our usual routine.  It was quite aggravating to have to turn the left side of my head to people so that I could hear what they were saying as my right ear was pretty much a useless prop. 

This condition also threw off my equilibrium so that I felt like was walking a bit to the left…very annoying.

I found the Debrox at Wal Mart, finished the rest of my shopping (this time it was me pulling to the left and not the basket) and made for the checkouts. 

A bit of an aside here: I go to Wal Mart so much I pretty much know which cashiers are friendly, which ones are fast, which ones are slow as molasses, etc.  Suffice it to say I know who’s who and who to avoid.

Back on track now: as I headed down cashier’s row everyone was busy and then a lady poked her head out and pointed me to her register.  Yes it was her.  You know that “karma” and “fate” thing that always makes you say “I shoulda known this would happen”?  Well it hit me between the eyes.  You see, the cashier waving me in was hearing impaired.  I knew this because when she started she wore a button that said just that.  And in talking to her (I’d used her before) I could tell by her speech that she was hearing impaired.  (Not like she had wearing that “hearing impaired” button for giggles).

So Jack and I unloaded the groceries, she rang it up, we chatted a bit exchanging pleasantries and then Jack and I were on our way.  Got through that without anything embarrassing or foolish happening.

As soon as we got home I busted out the Debrox and went to work on my ears…I knew the process from doing it so many times before.  Drops in, wait a few minutes while listening to the Debrox fizz away your eardrum, then use the bulb syringe to squirt water into the ear…supposedly to blast and wash away the wax that had been fizzed loose.

When I’d done this in the past, that pesky wax would come falling out into the sink…yuck.  This time however nothing came out…not good.  I was clogged and now waterlogged and now no better than before.

Gave the meds a rest for the afternoon and another try Sunday and now I’m not sure if it’s clearing or not.  It seems to be better for a moment and then I’m unsure.  Squeezing my nose and popping my ears is a bit effective for a brief time only.

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