I’ve had a pretty miserable couple of weeks, with my ears. A few weeks ago sound became muffled and weirdly booming, and for one night I was totally deaf in my left ear.
On the advice of my doctor, I put drops of olive oil in, in order to soften the wax. That made me deaf in my left ear again, as in completely deaf to any sound. As my relaxation method of choice is to listen to (or make) music, this was definitely bad news. I was slightly nervous, what if it wasn’t wax at all but instead my eardrum was buggered?
Sometimes the hearing came back for a while, or I could hear weird fluttering noises deep in my ear canal – was something living in there?!
At one point my left ear could hear nothing above 100Hz (low traffic rumble, mostly) and my right ear could hear nothing below 3.5kHz, so if I tried to listen to music it felt like someone was trying to twist my head in two. It also made conversation pretty frustrating.
Finally my appointment with the nurse came around, I had a water-squirting device rammed deep into my ear and the nurse managed to dislodge a brown disc the size of a Jaffa cake.¹
Hoorah! My hearing is now restored!
¹ Ok, a slight exaggeration