Friday, 8 September 2017

DIY Medic.



I have been hearing in Mono for the past month or so; my left ear has been non-functioning.

So, what to do? I bought myself some expensive drops, and found a syringe that was left-over from some dog medication, and sorted the problem myself.

Several days of oiling the inner workings, then some warm water injected into into the depths, and Bob's your uncle; I hear again. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of muck inside.

I did wonder if a blast of WD40 wouldn't have done the same job as my expensive Cérulyse. WD40 is based on fish oil, whereas the stuff I bought is Lavender and Almond.

Being deaf is very unnerving, it's like living in a parallel universe of exclusion. I feel sorry for those who have to endure a whole life of deafness. Luckily mine was temporary, and I was able to return to my normal state through a very simple procedure.

If only all medical issues were as easy to rectify.



31 comments:

  1. You're brave! I would definitely have gone to an expert to squirt anything into my ear.
    Can imagine the difference now it's all clear. Welcome back to the world

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  2. That your head did not fill up does prove you have a brain.

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    1. Maybe it was my brain that I flushed out!

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  3. And having used the same syringe as the dog, you're probably now tick free as well!

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  4. Warm olive oil works and is cheaper.

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    1. Yes, either WD40 or Olive oil would have been fine. I paid a whacking €8 for my drops; stupid.

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  5. I hear you.
    Greetings Maria x

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  6. Having suffered from life-long poor hearing, it's now deteriorating at an alarming rate, and the latest hearing aid doesn't seem to help much.

    The worst thing is using the phone, not too bad face to face, but even then I find myself missing quite a lot.

    And I only watch TV when there's sub-titles.

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    1. I think the ear I've just 'worked on' is not working 100%; I hope it isn't going to deteriorate too much. I've always thought that deafness is a terrible affliction, I'm sorry to hear that yours is that bad.

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    2. Cumbrian... treat yourself to Aftershotz Titanium bone conducting headphones from Amazon. They are a revelation... you won't need to rely on subtitles ever again... trust me. L

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    1. Just desperate Yael. I'd become really fed-up with it.

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  8. Becoming increasingly deaf is a pain. People just don't seem to realise what a profound disability it is. Those that say "Pardon?" on the rare occasions I admit to it, get short shift from me.

    Good to hear you are now back in the hearing world Cro.

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    1. What a difference it makes to be able to hear again.

      I was going to mention to Cumbrian about headphones, but your actual details are much more helpful. I hope they can help him.

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  9. Better than having to use a trumpet to your ear !!! When our children come round, they always say that the tv is very loud ...... our hearing has definitely got worse ..... maybe I need some olive oil!! XXXX

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    1. Even with my recent poor hearing, I still found the TV far too loud. Lady M may be soon getting the treatment too!

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  10. I have been told that WD40 is carcinogenic. Stick to the lavender, almond or olive.

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    1. I'd heard it was fish oil; it's good stuff.

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    2. I just looked it up and the main ingredient IS fish oil. I don't know what the others are though!

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  11. You certainly are a risk-taker, Cro! Glad things have sorted themselves out, though. Talking of risks, I was going to leave a belated message on your post re your bubbling tomatoes but thought you might not see it so I'm commenting here. Whenever I process tomatoes I always add some citric acid to the bottom of the jar - about a 1/2 teaspoon. Apparently tomatoes are on the cusp of being acidic enough to be able to be bottled safely, particularly if you add other ingredients such as onions, garlic etc. as the additions lower the acidic level even more. Here is some info: https://foodsafety.wisc.edu/assets/preservation/UWEX_addacidtomatoes.pdf You're welcome! :)

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    1. Thanks for that Ninaschen. I have 'bookmarked' the page and will refer to it next year when I do more. It sounds like the perfect solution.

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  12. Is the dog OK with your using his stuff?

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    1. He prefers it. He's not keen on syringes.

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  13. I have little or no hearing in my right ear so wear a hearing aid. I still need the TV turned up a long way.

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    1. My late mother-in-law was the same, but when I took her to the specialist she could hear him even when he whispered! I found that odd.

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  14. I have lost a % of my hearing due to an accident and unchecked sinus infections. My Retired Man wears expensive hearing aids. I don't want to spend the money for my own, at least not yet. When someone says something I don't totally get, I just nod and smile. So far, that works.

    Self medicating can be a dangerous thing, Cro.

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    1. We live in that realm. I often don't quite catch what Lady M says, and she's the same. We don't bother to ask each other to repeat what we've said; we just nod and say "yes dear".

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