We recently got back from a family vacation to California where we went to Disney Land. On the first day we went swimming and I was swimming to the bottom of the pool and letting my little one swim over top of me. The game was fun and the pool fantastic, until I felt something pop in my ear. I felt pressure all of a sudden and had the feeling of water trapped inside my ear and try as I might I could not remove it.
That night I had a hot shower and tried cleaning my ear with a Q-Tip. This only made things worse. I woke up and my ear was killing me. I went out to the pharmacy and picked up some ear wax remover thinking this would help me get the water out by removing the wax. After 4 days of treatment no luck. My hearing was affected on this side and the constant pain was a real drag on our vacation.
I tired water remover next. Again no luck and decided to suck it up until I got home. We did have travel medical insurance but did not what to risk hurting my ear at a clinic and then having to fly. The thought of flying with a hurt ear was not appealing but the return trip caused me no pain at all. My wife told me about a great new drop in clinic here in North Vancouver and said that the doctors are great. I went in was taken in right away.
The doctor was fantastic and took one peak in my ear with his ear camera and said I was fully blocked and would be good as new in 5 minutes. No drugs. No medication. No sidewalks. He grabbed a large squirt bottle and said "Prepare to enter the land of the hearing".
The Elephant Ear Washer
Now I have suffered with wax in my ears for a long time and 12 years ago had my ears flushed at a hospital in Mykonos on my honeymoon after a week of antibiotics for an ear infection I got diving off the shores of Santorini the day before we got married. I tried having my ears flushed by my family doctor about 4 years ago and the procedure was different and the cleaning tool looked like a turkey baster and not this Elephant Ear Washer. The procedure hurt like hell and I asked the doctor to stop. I have feared the procedure ever since but had to get this blockage fixed.
There was some slight discomfort by the procedure but most of this do to the fact that I was bracing for a blast of pain that never came. I held the water catcher and after about four squirts felt instant relief. The doctor told me to take a peak at what came out. I did and it's disgusting.
You can see how small the tube is that is inserted into your ear for cleaning. The doctor was a pro and he cleaned both of my ears. I felt dizzy (really dizzy) for about 20 minutes after and it took a good day for my balance to return to me. My ears still feel gold outside and my hearing is like the Six Million Dollar Man and I can swear I can hear a cat meow from a city block. I'm so glad I found this clinic and more so this tool.
If your hearing is going or you have bad ears I suggest you try this procedure. I have never tried ear candling before and am not sure I like the idea of paying $70.00 for someone to light fire to a wax paper cone near my ears. This procedure is covered by our medical plan and cost me nothing!
If you want to see what came out. Click on this link below. Do not look if you are easliy grossed out.
Totally Disgusting Ear Wax Build Up
If your in Vancouver the clinic I went to was on Marine Drive near the Save On Foods Store and Sleep Country.