Near silence isn’t golden

One of my ears blocked for no apparent reason a few days ago.

We were in outback Australia at the time so I had no option but to get used to operating on only one ear.

I’d hoped changing air pressure on the flight back to New Zealand might help. It didn’t and I woke at home this morning to find the other ear had blocked as well.

I’ve made an appointment with my GP for this afternoon but the receptionist warned me that if my ears need to by syringed I’ll have to wait until Tuesday for a specialist.

My farmer sufferers from tractor drivers’ ear. I now have a very real appreciation on how that feels and am ruing the times I’ve responded in exasperation when he asks me to repeat what I’ve said again.

6 Responses to Near silence isn’t golden

  1. gravedodger says:

    Syringing is passe, now it is “micro suctioned ” here in the big city, yes a specialist with their own rooms and much more expensive. You just hope they don’t slip and remove any of the diminishing pool of brain cells.


  2. homepaddock says:

    GD – suctioning happens here too – but only on Tuesday’s. Fortunately the doctor I saw was willing to give old fashioned syringing a try (after warning me of the dangers)and I can hear clearly now.


  3. Bearhunter says:

    I get this regularly. It’s caused by shifting wax and I’ve tried everything from burning paper in my ears to drops that supposedly dissolve it. They never work, so it’s off to the audiologist three times a year on average to get suctioned. Horrible thing to happen, but it gives me real empathy with the deaf.


  4. Richard says:

    Brings back memories. In the early 1980’s I was General Manager of an electronics factory in the UK; same symptoms -deaf in both ears. Turned out to be Glue Ear an affliction common in Maori children. Paid 2,000 pounds for the op under general anesthetic; there was a waiting time of six months if I had chosen to go the public route. Grommets inserted but one ear never really recovered. Last attempt to get it right was an op ten years ago- local anesthetic this time. This seemed fine except the specialist did not warn me that post op my balance might be off. Arriving home my daughter asked, politely, why I was crawling from the garage to the house.
    Have been wearing a hearing aid for the last few years. The aid has been quite useful; you can hear things that you want to hear or things you do not want to hear but can hear. “Yes dear”, “No dear” are good trusted responces.
    Until you find a remedy, it must be a bit of a treat listening to you and your farmer talking to each other at the dinner table.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    P.S. What is “drivers ear”


  5. homepaddock says:

    Richard – tractor drivers’ ear is deafness in farmers who drove tractors without ear muffs (the drivers not the tractors) in the days before they (the tractors not the drivers) had cabs.


  6. gravedodger says:

    Now the modern Tractor Driver, driving a modern tractor, can sit on the ergonomic seat in the sound and weather proofed cab and replace the noise that put so many rural workers on a pathway to deafness with the stereo at high volume and achieve a similar result with a much more enjoyable sound than the steady beat of an unmuffled straight 50 mm exhaust about 1 meter in front of the exposed driver circa 1970.


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