Oh boy, if only we are able to eradicate wax from our ears with the same mechanism as how we rid ourselves of our bodily wastes.
For the past week, I’ve been (and I still am) partially deaf, thanks to a completely blocked right ear. And what I can say after this entire experience is – never take the ability to hear for granted.
Speaking at a volume which most people consider as “normal” is a challenge. Because of the blocked ear, my voice reverberates inside my head as I speak, so I sound much louder (to myself) than I really am. So I end up speaking at a volume much softer than usual. Which also means I have to repeat myself more.
Trying to talk at my regular volume gives me a headache. (Thanks to my voice reverberating in my head.)
I can’t quite hear as well too – which also means my friends have to repeat themselves more.
And sometimes I just don’t feel like asking people to repeat themselves (and I don’t even want to explain how I can’t hear properly in one ear – because it invites a deluge of questions which I don’t want to answer) so I just nod my head and pretend I understood them.
Unless of course, they asked a question (which I didn’t hear).
Then, cue the awkward silence.
But it’s still better than having me going “HAH?! WHAT DID YOU SAY?” several times. That’s even more awkward, I think.
Stilted, semi-impossible conversations aside, I constantly fight the urge to dig my ears out with a crowbar. But of course, being temporarily deaf with a clogged ear is better than being permanently deaf. So … MUST. RESIST.
Even sitting here and trying to write code is a challenge, because that ear is making me feel so irritable I am extremely capable of violence right now. And that also explains why I am writing a blog post about clogged ears instead of uh, working.
If anyone out there in the world has suggestions on how I can unclog my ear on my own (apart from ear drops – which I’ve already exhausted an entire bottle to no avail) without having to go to a doctor, I’m all ears.
Uh. I mean, one ear.