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Headphone and Earbud Recommendations?

Looking for suggestions for headphones and earbuds to purchase for myself. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Nov 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I use garlic infused oil to prevent an ear infection?

I have a huge, life-determining standardized test tomorrow. A bit of ear plug got stuck inside my ear this morning when half of it ripped out as I tried to remove my earplug. Now, my ear has started hurting a little, and I'm terrified! I'm highly prone to ear infections, and am fearful of waking up with one tomorrow. It would be a huge distraction during this 3 hour test that has required months of preparation! [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 10, 2013 - 24 answers

Can you fly with otitis externa (swimmers' ear)?

I have a nasty case of otitis externa (swimmers' ear) in both ears and am scheduled to fly in three days. The ears are being treated with antibiotics and I have some heavy-duty pain meds, but I can't imagine that it will be totally cleared up in a couple of days. Outer ear canals are swollen pretty much shut (though eardrum is fine). Can I still fly? How can I make it bearable, when just touching my outer ear makes me want to scream?
posted by agent99 on Jun 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Earplugs/muffs to block out a crying baby

In the next two weeks, there will be a new addition to our household -- a baby. (Not mine.) And since it's not mine, I would prefer not to hear it. There are lots of AskMes about earplugs, but many (like the ETY ones) use as a selling point that they don't muffle speech. I want to muffle everything. Best ear protection for the job, <$30?
posted by fiercecupcake on Jun 14, 2013 - 16 answers

What the hell is wrong with my damned ear

My ear's not infected and my Eustachian tubes are not plugged at all. Why do I still have that "full" feeling in my ear and the accompanying echo-sensation when I speak? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer on Apr 22, 2013 - 15 answers

Speak up, I can't hear you!

I think I might have ruptured my eardrum. Did I? Is this an urgent care situation? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Dec 20, 2012 - 16 answers

Is my severe ear infection worth yet another trip to the doctor?

Hello, AskMefi, let's talk about my ears (again). I am currently in the midst of a severe ear infection. People keep telling me to go to the ER, but I'm not sure what that would accomplish. [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Jul 15, 2012 - 16 answers

What's going on with our new dog's health?

What is this injury in our new dog's ear? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Feb 27, 2012 - 14 answers

earbud headphones - permanent hearing damage?

A few years ago I heard a popular scientist on the radio discussing the effects of listening to music via earbud headphones. He said that if someone can hear the music I'm listening to, I am doing permanent damage to my ears. Is this true? I would appreciate reference to any peer-reviewed scientific research on this topic, if available.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Buzz off already!

YANMD: Should I see a GP or go straight to an ENT about this buzzing in my right ear? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi on Nov 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for a single (1-ear) earbud

Looking for recommendations for a single earbud (1 earbud) for an mp3 player. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 17, 2011 - 9 answers

How to get water out of a ear/stop ringing

[Water + Ear + Pain + Ringing] YANMD: Jumped/cannonballed into a lake this weekend - the water went down to 10 feet. The moment I was underwater my ear had a sharp pain. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Help! I went scuba diving and now I think my head will explode!

I went scuba diving for the first time today-- I´m in Mexico, so it was at a resort. They gave us a pool training session and then took us out on the boat-- I believe our final dive was at 45 meters. The trouble is, I had a hard time equalizing my ears on the descent, and at the bottom I still wasn´t entirely comfortable pressure-wise. I kept going though (maybe unwisely) and felt ok for the duration. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Mar 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Can ear wax removal cause tinnitus?

Can an ENT-administered ear wax removal cause tinnitus? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Dec 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Vet's closed but my dog needs help now.

My beagle has an ear infection. I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow. He's scratching to the point of bleeding. is there anything I can do for him tonight to ease his pain/itching?
posted by JV on May 31, 2010 - 6 answers

I exercise, I breathe, I hear every minute detail.

Why does exercise make me hear funny? I don't even swim, but it sounds like I have water in my ear. [more inside]
posted by ymendel on Apr 6, 2010 - 22 answers

Tinnitus: Merely Annoying or Impending deafness?

Tinnitus: Time to see the doc or no? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Feb 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Look into my...ear

YANMD filter. I have had an earache for...a long time. I need a super low cost ENT type visit in the miami/fort lauderdale area. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 17, 2009 - 20 answers

stuffy ear is driving me bananas.

My left ear is stuffy almost every day. Allergies + Qtip use + Earplugs = ? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jul 21, 2009 - 15 answers

Where are the ear-shaped microphones?

Ears have evolved over many many years to be perfect for us to hear with. Why have I never seen an ear shaped microphone?
posted by devnull on Jun 5, 2009 - 22 answers

Otoliths R Us?

Can anyone help me find a source for otoliths, or the tiny stones found in the inner ear? Preferably mammalian, ideally primate or even human (I imagine that last one may be ethically way to far, no offense intended). [more inside]
posted by buzzv on Feb 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Do I have the ear miggly due to my wisdom teeth?

Ever since having my wisdom teeth removed last summer, I've been experiencing persistent crackling in my right ear. Is it related? [more inside]
posted by scarykarrey on Jan 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Professional ear piercing in Columbus, Ohio?

Ear piercing in Columbus, Ohio. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Jul 28, 2008 - 9 answers

My ear is clogged - it isn't wax -- and I'm frightened.

Something is really wrong with my ear - It feels very clogged, very stuffed, and I can't hear out of it well at all - It isn't wax, after a week of trying over the counter wax removal stuff, I went to a Doc who confirmed that my ears were clean and not waxy - so it must be stuffed up on the other side, and she gave me some prescription decongestant. She said it would clear in 24 hours or so - That was Saturday. It's very unpleasant, and with it not going away, it's actually really scary - and with my work hours, I can't get back to the doc until the weekend at the earliest. Anyone have thoughts, suggestions, anything? I'm really quite desperate at this point.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Mar 20, 2007 - 29 answers

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