Hearing management

Posted by: paul | 2007/04/11



Hi doc I am new to the forum but really apreciate the time given by you guys to assist us poor sufferers.
I have been struggling for years with ear infections that are caused by moisture I am now writing this having been on antibiotics since the middle of last month awaiting again to see my ENT specialist who I kno will roll up a plug soaked in Quadriderm and ram it in my earholes and tell me to come back on friday to remove it. This occurs every time I get my ears wet.a Shower or a bath,getting caught in the rain ,sweating after sport, Forget swimming I can only do this when I put Prestic in my ears and ensure that they are completely there any alternative for my sensitive bacteria friendly ears?If I hold my nose and pressurise my ears it feels like there is fluid in my ears all the time.Please advise as I am packing up now for my 3 oclock appointment to again get plugged up.

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Hearing Expert

Dear Paul

There are a few alternatives to the prestic. You can use specific eardrops that keep your ears dry. You might however be sensitive to those as well. Another options is silicon earplugs. You can buy them from an audiologist in your area, most of them have it in stock. You can also have custom swimplugs made. These are a much more efficient and hygenic option. Please let me know if you need a referral to someone in your area ( As i mentioned in my other reply about ear infections, it might be useful for you to have yourself tested for allergies,

Please let me know if you need any further information

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: Hearing Care | 2007/05/10

Dear Paul

Thank youfor your feedback on the silicone earplugs, i will keep it in mind. As i mentioned in my reply, the better option is definitely the custom earplugs and i am delighted to hear that you will be going for those. Let me know if you need a referral.

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: Paul | 2007/04/26

Thanks for the response and assistance I will get custom made earplugs made for me . One problem I had whilst on hols in Toti is that I purchased Silicone earplugs from a Pharmacy down there being told that these are the best things on the market. Yes they worked lekker untill the soft silicone broke off and left the majority inside my ear canal. I had to go to the doctors in Toti who battled with the Nurse for about half an hour to remove the pieces The only way to extracate the pieces is to lay down and fill the ear with oil for about 10 minutes and the blast it with water to loosen and with luck and with lots of hands to hold ear,lights,clamps and a bowl maybe it will come out.The had to blast my ear about 10 times when they try to grip it it is like Gel and only a small piece comes off and the rest goes even further down the ear.Please Izabelle dont recommend Silicone earplugs they are dangerous.I still came back with an ear infection due to all the scratching and soaking of the ear whilst trying to remove the damn plug .Cheers Paul.

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