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All my life I have had excessive ear wax.....to the point occasionally it will run out onto pillow after a good nights sleep.

When I was a child, my mother thought something was wrong and took me to a ear, nose, and throat DR.
(at least that's what they called him at the time...I'm 53)

I remember he had grey hair. He said I could expect to never become hard of hearing.

I've told this to them last time had hearing checked and they said that was nonsense....but my hearing checks out normal for my age. I have abused my ears at times, have worked in noisy factories since I was 15 not always with hearing protection(my dad was an industrial electrical contractor and I took up the trade), fired alot of large cal. revolvers in my twenties, and one hell of alot of LOUD music.

I often think sometimes the oldtimers knew of what they spoke. Curious if anyone else has this ear wax problem and how has your hearing held up ?
 

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All my life I have had excessive ear wax.....to the point occasionally it will run out onto pillow after a good nights sleep.

When I was a child, my mother thought something was wrong and took me to a ear, nose, and throat DR.
(at least that's what they called him at the time...I'm 53)

I remember he had grey hair. He said I could expect to never become hard of hearing.

I've told this to them last time had hearing checked and they said that was nonsense....but my hearing checks out normal for my age. I have abused my ears at times, have worked in noisy factories since I was 15 not always with hearing protection(my dad was an industrial electrical contractor and I took up the trade), fired alot of large cal. revolvers in my twenties, and one hell of alot of LOUD music.

I often think sometimes the oldtimers knew of what they spoke. Curious if anyone else has this ear wax problem and how has your hearing held up ?
No ear wax, but my hearing has gone down the tubes. Im 76 yrs old. started wearing hearing aids last nov. they help a lot.

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I'm the same way.
My earplugs are always a mess and I have to use ear wax remover regularly.
I'm an old rock dog and have been around guns and power tools all my life.
Guess what Buck..my hearing is the same as when I was 17. Or at least so close I can't tell.
Much better than anyone I know close to my age so maybe there's something to what your saying.
Its great sitting out in the woods at rifle season and hearing every leaf fall and hearing that squirrel across the woods.

Bill
 

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I'm the same way.
My earplugs are always a mess and I have to use ear wax remover regularly.
I'm an old rock dog and have been around guns and power tools all my life.
Guess what Buck..my hearing is the same as when I was 17. Or at least so close I can't tell.
Much better than anyone I know close to my age so maybe there's something to what your saying.
Its great sitting out in the woods at rifle season and hearing every leaf fall and hearing that squirrel across the woods.

Bill
Well, I work around cooper drawing equipment (rod machine) if anyone knows what that is they know it's loud. I've had high dollar audio in house and cars for years.......many have told me I would be deaf years ago.

I don't have problem cleaning my ears....the idea that wax could harden is greek to me.....mine varies between 90w and high quality grease in apperance

Funny thing is my mom was wearing aids before I was born....she was 42 at the time(old for child,young to be hard of hearing)

I have ear ringing sometimes....but I had that as a child and it never really bothers me.
 

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I have had wax buidup all my life, and my hearing has held up. Interesting theory about a correlation. I have gone from plugs to muffs, as my audiologist recommended, to keep from pushing the wax down into my ear canal. It seems to have helped.
 

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I guess because my mom was so worried about it I remember it so well. He just flat out said he'll never hear problems.
 

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Yep I've got a little ringing but nothing serious. It toned down quite a bit with blood pressure meds.
Weird but I've always had it some (ringing) also.
I guess I thought everybody did.

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I have some hearing loss. Probably because I worked in a factory where the noise was deafening.

After working without ear plugs for 19 years, OSHA told the company I must wear hearing protection.

So I did for the next 12 years. But, it was too late, my hearing had already been started.

I also have buildup of ear wax. So bad, that my regular doctor could not get it out and sent me to a specialist to get it out. It hurt like he//.

Anyway the ear doctor said, don't you ever let a regular doctor work on your ears again. So he made me an appointment twice a year for me to get my ear wax taken out.

Works for me!

Hauxfan!
 

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I have some hearing loss. Probably because I worked in a factory where the noise was deafening.

After working without ear plugs for 19 years, OSHA told the company I must wear hearing protection.

So I did for the next 12 years. But, it was too late, my hearing had already been started.

I also have buildup of ear wax. So bad, that my regular doctor could not get it out and sent me to a specialist to get it out. It hurt like he//.

Anyway the ear doctor said, don't you ever let a regular doctor work on your ears again. So he made me an appointment twice a year for me to get my ear wax taken out.

Works for me!

Hauxfan!
I've NEVER had a problem with the wax building up.....it runs out. If I'm exhausted and sleep on my side all night about a dime size spot will be on the pillow....I often have a itchy feeling in my ear that I "scratch" by rubbing my tongue on the side of my throat.....and I almost "play the fiddle" like a dog getting scratched in the right spot while I do it....
 

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Conclusion to this post:
1) Some of us have excessive ear wax; some of us don't.
2) For some of us, the wax self-drains; for others it does not.
3) Some of us can hear well; some of us can't.
4) Some of us are downright weird when it comes to ear wax.
Final conclusion: None of us are the same and this thread is pretty much worthless.
M.D.
 

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I have had a profound hearing loss since I was 8 years old and also have an ear wax problem and need to have my ears cleaned by the Dr. about once a year.
 

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Conclusion to this post:
1) Some of us have excessive ear wax; some of us don't.
2) For some of us, the wax self-drains; for others it does not.
3) Some of us can hear well; some of us can't.
4) Some of us are downright weird when it comes to ear wax.
Final conclusion: None of us are the same and this thread is pretty much worthless.
M.D.
5) some of us wonder if what the old Doc said was right....feel free to go on with your life....
 

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I wouldn't bet on the idea that ear wax build up protects your hearing - it didn't work that way for me at least. I do have moderate to severe hearing loss in the higher frequency ranges of normal hearing and I know that it is a result of me not wearing hearing protection as much as I should have during my career of working around large grinding mills. This is strictly my fault as the companies all provided ear protection and encouraged us to use it - Ill chalk that up to the feeling of invincibility that existed when I was young and dumb(er). Shooting my .357 without ear protection every now and then didn't help either.

These days I use ear protection to conserve what hearing that I still have but when its gone its gone. Glad you aren't having that problem Buck because poor hearing just plain sucks.
 

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I wouldn't bet on the idea that ear wax build up protects your hearing - it didn't work that way for me at least. I do have moderate to severe hearing loss in the higher frequency ranges of normal hearing and I know that it is a result of me not wearing hearing protection as much as I should have during my career of working around large grinding mills. This is strictly my fault as the companies all provided ear protection and encouraged us to use it - Ill chalk that up to the feeling of invincibility that existed when I was young and dumb(er). Shooting my .357 without ear protection every now and then didn't help either.

These days I use ear protection to conserve what hearing that I still have but when its gone its gone. Glad you aren't having that problem Buck because poor hearing just plain sucks.
I hear you.....

but seriously....mine does NOT build up....it runs out when it's hot.....and falls out in small pieces when it's cold.....I think that's what the difference is....
 

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I have hearing loss from shooting. To cheap to purchase a hearing aid. I have a friend that when he pulls his ear plugs out of his ears I ask him if he stuck the plugs inside a peanut butter jar. He said he sees the doctor twice a year to clean his ears out. I suggested he see him quarterly instead.
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Just had surgery to remove a growth inside my middle ear (cholesteatoma). It ate up the tiny bones that transmit sound to the inner ear. Waiting for the healing to finish, then they will install a prosthetic in the middle ear to replace the bones and, hopefully, restore hearing in that ear. Nothing I could have done to prevent it. At least now I have an excuse for not hearing what my wife says.
 

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No wax problem BUT worked most of my life around diesel engines and chain saws outdoors. Wore ear plugs and at times ear plugs and muffs together, tractor pulling a chain harrow behind for all day at times is like scraping your nails across a chalkboard.

Still lost part of my hearing. Constant ringing and drown outs. It was explained to me that the frequency lose I have can't be helped with hearing aids. Audiologist explained that the lost was exactly from working around CAT's, farm tractors, and chain saws and there was no hearing aid to correct the loss.

BUT the state(L&I) after five years from the hearing test sent a letter stating they would pay for the latest and greatest behind the ear hearing aids(digital ones had just come on the market).

So I went for it. Yep they helped out some, heard sounds I've missed for years when I went outside the first time. Then someone spoke to me, yeow what a awful bunch of noise and it only got worse if more then one person spoke!!! and when I was inside with a bunch of people, I finally had to remove them, drove me crazy. Even after numerous adjustments done to them(have four channels) I can't stand wearing them.

So they sit on the dresser more then I wear them.
 

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One of the things that I really hate about my poor hearing is that I don't hear most of what my daughter says and that is making a difficult period for communication even worse. She also has to come out of her room and tell me to turn down the TV or stereo because she can't get to sleep. Usually I thought the volume was down.....

I think it is time for me to get some hearing aides.
 

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If you need to clean your ears of wax drop in some hydrogen peroxide and tilt your head for several minutes each side. It'll fizz up and melt the wax so it pours out your ears. I do this every few months to get all the dirt and other crap out.
 
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