Ear is hobbling around on crutches now

My ear is ringing like crazy. A constant high-pitched whine. EEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…..

BUT… the deafness is going away. I would say I’m at about 75% hearing now, up from maybe 25% earlier.

After the doctor called, I went home and let some rubbing alcohol and vinegar stew in my earhole for a while. Giggled at the word “earhole.” Could only lay on my right side. Felt cranky and really sorry for myself.  Doc tried to comfort me but I was beyond grouchy at that point. Watched about 10 minutes of “My Super Sweet 16” on MTV before I had to turn away… possibly one of the stupidest shows I have ever seen. Eyes burning from bad selfish reality television, ear burning from acidic cocktail therein.

It wasn’t helping immediately (me? impatient? no!) and in fact my hearing seemed to get worse. I decided to go back to work, and stopped to grab a quick bite to eat on the way in. The restaurant was so loud and tinny-sounding; the noise from the customers and the bad “mainalternastream” rock playing over the sound system was just making me crazy. My good ear was working overtime trying to hear for two, and each sound was a claw scraping my brain. I ate quick and got out of there.

When I got back to the office, where it was blessedly quiet, I noticed that a really loud ringing had started in the bad ear. And gradually, this afternoon, my hearing is returning. The ringing is still hanging around, but I’d rather it be ringing than deaf.

Wait, let me apply a caveat to that last statement: I’d actually rather not have the ringing AND not be deaf! But, comparatively speaking, ringing is less annoying.

NOTE TO SELF, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY: Always apply earwash after swimming from now on. You don’t have to buy the commercial kind; just get a squirt bottle (like an empty Palmolive dish soap bottle) and fill with 1/2 white vinegar, 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Squirt into ears after swimming and let drain.


  1. joel

    Yep, I hear you (rim shot!). I now religiously use my “Ear Water Drying Aid” (clearly the marketing team had no input on product name) after swimming. Forgot to do so early last week, and although I hadn’t totally lost right-ear hearing the next morning, it sounded like leprechauns had stuffed my ear canal with tapioca and covered it with Saran wrap in the night.

    That’s my long way of saying I hope your hearing soon resumes normalcy.

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