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Whose ears popped first?

I know why our ears pop, but I'm wondering when humans reliably began experiencing this sensation caused by anything other than having a cold. Today, we are most likely to feel our ears popping in a airplane or driving a car in the mountains. But before planes and cars, and besides the head colds and infected sinuses that have always been with us, what caused our ears to pop first? [more inside]
posted by peeedro on Dec 6, 2014 - 19 answers

Q-tips, help me quit you

I'm addicted to q-tips, have been for some time, and think it's beginning to cause some issues. Please help me quit using q-tips (it isn't that easy!). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2014 - 33 answers

Plugged Ears! Aural Fullness advice if you please!

Hey everyone. For awhile now I have been living with aural fullness, meaning it feels like my ears are clogged but they are not. Not sure if my actual ability to hear has gone down, though, as I went to two audiologists and both say that my hearing is ok, though my right ear had trouble with certain frequencies I seem to remember that as a child I had alot of hearing infections if that means anything. I also have a case of tinnitus that can get intense at times. Ringing and stuff. I have read what I may be experiencing is called 'Aural Fullness'. Just a sense of fullness in the ears that can be caused by a long line of things. Does anyone know anything about this condition? I read that my whole issue might be a problem with my Eustachian tube, but if it was, wouldn't the audiologist notice that? I know I am not imagining this. I just want it to get better.
posted by Thanquol180 on Nov 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Why are my dogs ears floppy?

Unfortunately all the resources online are around keeping dogs at "breed standards" which isn't really our jam. She was full grown when we got her but her ears are completely different now! Why is this? [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Nov 2, 2014 - 11 answers

I don't really want to be this aware of my own blood.

I sometimes like to use earplugs, but I always end up just listening to my blood loudly pulsing around in my head. This is not ideal. Does anyone have recommendations for earplugs that actually make things quiet, instead of just replacing ambient noise with the noise of my heartbeat? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Oct 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Why does it hurt when I sleep on my ear?

If I go to sleep in a way that places weight on my right ear, eventually it starts hurting and wakes me up. Why? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Oct 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Quieter bluetooth headsets?

I just bought a Plantronics Marque M155 Bluetooth headset for use with my cell phone. The lowest volume setting on it is too loud for my probably-overly-sensitive ears. Any suggestions for quieter headsets? [more inside]
posted by asperity on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

SSRI induced tinnitus, what's the prognosis?

I took Zoloft for under 2 months and developed intermittent tinnitus when I went up to 100mg. I started tapering off slowly and stopped entirely a few days ago. It seems to have gotten more persistent. I also still have a lingering low level anxiety that's making it hard to focus and get back to normal sleep patterns.
posted by awesomathon on Jan 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Earlobe holes.. why?

Help me understand why people put giant gaping holes in their ears. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2013 - 24 answers

Are the ear drops causing Tinnitus or the ear infection itself

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 - 6 answers

Bent in-ear earbuds?

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 - 4 answers

Are you an Audiologist? Quick Question

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 - 13 answers

What's new at Disney World in the last decade?

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 - 11 answers

Hare's ears. How do they work?

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 - 2 answers

Earphones: Am I doin' it wrong?

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 - 11 answers

Are my gauged ears a lost cause?

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 - 14 answers

My ears are dizzy

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 - 3 answers

How do forensic reconstructors know what noses (and lips) looked like?

Noses come in many shapes and sizes. Skulls have no nose bones. Are forensic reconstructions of noses (and lips and ears for that matter) based on something we non-specialists are missing, or are the modelers just guessing? If not guessing, how do they do it?
posted by IndigoJones on May 3, 2013 - 9 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

Scared of Losing my Hearing

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 - 10 answers


Earplug recommendation needed for concerts. Complication: tiny, tiny ear canal. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 15, 2013 - 20 answers

What are these strange, crusty bumps on my dogs ears?

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 - 8 answers

Muffled ears won't go away days after trip!

Any tips on how to get rid of muffled ears? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Feb 20, 2013 - 8 answers

The loudest sound

Noise annoys: ear plug recommendations? Problem: I still need to hear something... [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar on Dec 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Feeling earitable

Is it normal to feel cloggy for awhile after ear wax has been flushed out? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Nov 30, 2012 - 11 answers

A Piercing Analysis

How can I maximize my chances of having a positive ear-piercing experience? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Nov 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Scaly skin at ear canal?

Scaly skin around the entrance to my ear canal. [more inside]
posted by waraw on Nov 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Why do my boyfriend's ears sometimes lose their sensitivity to sexual pleasure?

Why do my boyfriend's ears sometimes lose their sensitivity to sexual pleasure? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Geez, dog, learn to take a hint

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 - 8 answers

What should I do about my stretched ears?

Gauged ears - what to do? Cultural appropriation, work, your opinions and suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jul 23, 2012 - 30 answers

Where did you pierce your babies ears?

Where did you go to pierce your 1 year olds ears? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on May 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Smaller than an elbow...

How do I find out what earbuds don't hurt my ears? [more inside]
posted by mephron on May 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Should she get her ears pierced by an MD, or a 16-year-old minimum wage mall worker?

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 - 67 answers

Hey asians, how do you deal with your earwax?

Hey asians, how do you deal with your earwax? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Feb 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Designer who wore mickey mouse ears?

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 - 5 answers

Doomed to itch or do I risk it?

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 - 16 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

What is a good oil/soap for pierced ears?

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 - 8 answers

Pierce or repierce?

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 - 13 answers

Wax off, please.

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 - 21 answers

Extended low grade fever - when is it doctor time?

Low grade fever for 10 days with (mostly) no other symptoms. When is it doctor time? [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Apr 25, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me find these 80s PSAs

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 - 1 answer

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

Why does music sound clearer when I yawn or swallow?

Why does music sound clearer when I yawn or swallow? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Oct 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Why do my headphones sound louder when I switch them around?

Why do in-ear headphones sound much louder when I put the left-labelled one in my right ear and the right-labelled one in my left ear? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars on Oct 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping?

Can anyone recommend me some ear plugs for sleeping? [more inside]
posted by sockpim on Aug 24, 2010 - 19 answers

Had Airplane Ear for 5 days. Anything serious?

I have had airplane ear for five days, and have tried everything. Any final suggestions? [more inside]
posted by torpark on May 30, 2010 - 17 answers

How bad did I screw up my hearing?

How bad did I screw up my ears last night? [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB on May 16, 2010 - 13 answers

WTF, Ears?

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 - 17 answers

Odd tinnitus problem

I am having a bizarre tinnitus (ear ringing) issue. Please help give me ideas on how to solve it. [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Apr 5, 2010 - 16 answers

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