Went to the Dr Thursday as ear felt blocked and was a bit sore after a week long cold. Diagnosed with an ear infection and prescribed Cortisporin Otic Solution (neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone otic solution) since then ear doesn't sound any clearer, although it isn't painful at all now but I've also developed tinnitus. Which is more likely this being due to the drops, or the infection? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap
on Nov 9, 2013 -
My three-tier silicone(?) earbuds now have sharp bends
in the lowest, most flexible part of the bottom and middle tiers (despite only storing them in the provided receptacle). Is there anyway to return these things to their proper shape, or do I need to buy new ones? It's affecting the seal.
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Sep 26, 2013 -
This previous question was me: Speak into my good ear?
Since then, I've taken the advice of many Mefites and had my ears checked for ear wax build up, and seen an Audiologist today. I was told today that I score a '20' and that I have mild hearing loss but nothing requiring a hearing aid.
My very basic questions are:
-Where can I compare my test result to a scale to see how bad my hearing is?
-Should I be bummed out that I have mild hearing loss, but not bad enough that it can be fixed?
For some reason this is really bringing me down.
posted by Draccy
on Sep 24, 2013 -
We last went to Disney World about ten years ago. What are the best new things since then, and what changes should I know about? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt
on Jul 24, 2013 -
I was watching a video with brown hares in it and noticed the great mobility they seem to have with their ears. What's the anatomy there that allows for that? I searched, but can't seem to find any anatomical drawings of their ears. Does anyone know where I can find one?
posted by verytepid
on Jul 12, 2013 -
EarPhoneFilter: I used to have absolutely amazing in-ear earphones years ago before an associate broke them and I missed the really awesome experience of having super high quality music... so as per an audiophile friend's recommendation recently bought what were supposed to be an absolutely amazing pair to top any other in its price range, Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10
. However, I have had absolutely no luck with them so far and have sort-of been missing my free Samsung Galaxy SIII earbuds? Is there any way I could be... cripes, using them wrong? Is it possible to use earphones... wrongly? Has anyone had any experience with this particular model? Do I have a dud pair? Help! [more inside]
posted by Keter
on Jul 1, 2013 -
I'm having some issues with my 2g ear holes. Perhaps you could help me address them. [more inside]
posted by starbaby
on Jun 27, 2013 -
I have an appointment to see an ENT doctor next week because of vertigo and ear pressure/pain. I have a strange symptom that I wanted to ask about before I went. Basically, can optical illusions make my ears hurt? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench
on May 6, 2013 -
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 -
I have been noticing recently that I have a hard time knowing what people are saying to me at work, so I usually just nod and laugh or something. my hearing feels a bit muffled and sometimes at night my ears ring for no real reason (tinnitus?). I also listen to music when I jog through ear buds. It doesn't feel like I'm playing the songs too loud, and I listen to my ipod about every other day for about an hour. I am gonna hold out on any more listening until i figure out what's going on. I recently went to my ear nose and throat doctor and had a hearing test. He said it came back next to perfect. This confused me. Should I consult an audiologist? I feel like I'm struggling to hear others, especially when there is background noise.
If anyone can give me any feedback, I'd surely appreciate it. I am 30 btw.
posted by Thanquol180
on Apr 14, 2013 -
Earplug recommendation needed for concerts. Complication: tiny, tiny ear canal. [more inside]
posted by griphus
on Mar 15, 2013 -
Our dog has a couple of raised, crusty bumps on the inside of one of his ears, near the tip. On the other ear, he has a patch of dry, crusty skin on the inside of his ear maybe a centimeter or so long.
They don't seem to be bother him, but they're certainly not normal and haven't always been there. We went to the vet who ran some tests and gave us a topical antibiotic and steroid, which didn't make a difference. I'd like to have some idea of what they are and ideally, how we can help resolve them.
Way more details and photos below. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Mar 3, 2013 -
My puppy has taken to playing by biting other dogs' (and cats') ears. Do I need to get him to stop? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by dithmer
on Jul 28, 2012 -
Gauged ears - what to do? Cultural appropriation, work, your opinions and suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by Frowner
on Jul 23, 2012 -
My 12-year-old wants to get her ears pierced, and I'm wondering about the pros and cons of having it done at a doctor's office versus at the mall. Any advice or experiences from the hive mind comparing these two options would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by plantbot
on Mar 24, 2012 -
Who was the French accessories designer or other sort of fashion insider known for sporting mickey mouse ears back in the 80s or 90s? She was a rather kooky character and I believe she was a muse or friend of Karl Lagerfeld. I've googled and googled and have been stumped. Bonus points if you can find a vintage photo.
posted by missmerrymack
on Feb 5, 2012 -
So, what's the deal with 1% OTC hydrocortisone, for chronic skin problems? The recommendations to use it (and the stuff) are so ubiquitous, yet the warnings so dire! And it seems to be the only thing that works at all well with my… [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin
on Jan 16, 2012 -
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 -
I am looking for a good ointment or oil to help keep my 5/8" gauged pierced ears soft and healthy. I also am looking for a decent mild soap to cleanse them with on a daily basis. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what is the best of both to use and where to get them?
posted by gsuboy2000
on Aug 23, 2011 -
My ears were pierced about 20 years ago. I stopped wearing earrings about 4 years ago. My left ear is still fine but the hole in the right has partially closed up. Best way to proceed? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0
on Jul 13, 2011 -
This is the third time in the last ten years that I've ended up with an earwax impaction. What do I do to solve this problem and prevent it from recurring? [more inside]
posted by brina
on May 9, 2011 -
Elephant with stuff in his ears, villains plotting to dirty a PI's teeth, and a man crawling under descending cardboard smoke: help me find footage of these early-80s PSAs. [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker
on Feb 16, 2011 -
I have had airplane ear for five days, and have tried everything. Any final suggestions? [more inside]
posted by torpark
on May 30, 2010 -
Sometimes one of my ears feels hotter than the other - both to myself and to someone else that touches it. Why? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44
on Apr 19, 2010 -
Defeating evil bloodsucking insects: Is there a style of ear net that will stay on my horse overnight or should I leave his fly mask on all night? In the past I have used Swat, but do not want to do that this year. Normal fly spray is ineffective. [more inside]
posted by anaelith
on Mar 21, 2010 -
Ear wax-filter: I'm looking for some advice and/or tips about dealing with earwax blockage in one ear (resulting in muffled hearing) and the proper usage of at-home irrigation systems. [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui
on Jan 31, 2010 -
Almost ten years after I've worn earrings, my piercings continue to regularly swell and discharge pus. What's wrong with my ears, how can I fix it, and will I ever wear earrings again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 30, 2009 -
I’m considering getting my ears pierced. Just regular old lobe piercings. Help me decide if I should, then help answer all the probably simple questions about the process, because I seriously know nothing. Before you bring it up – I’m planning on going to a real piercing place, not Claire’s. [more inside]
posted by brainmouse
on Aug 18, 2009 -