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While flying back from San Francisco, I heard a pop-pop in my right ear.
The week before I was having hearing issues in my right ear. All the noises directed to my right ear sounded muffled and I had a slight pressure inside my ear.
After the SFO flight, I fell asleep and heard another pop-pop.
In the shower the next morning, I felt dizzy, queasy and was suffering from vertigo. I told my husband about the incident and he recommended I call the allergist as my allergies began to flare up when we returned home from San Francisco.
My husband thought I might be suffering from a sinus infection due to allergies.
In my appointment with the allergist, he stated he could not see my ear drum. I was concerned because my late father had a serious history of ear issues. He visited the ear-nose-throat doctor more often than his regular doctor.
Needless to say, my allergist removed a small science experiment from my right ear. I was certain he was going to charge me extra for the removal of excessive ear wax.
The ear wax was pushing up against my ear drum and inner ear which was possibly causing me to be wobbly, hence the vertigo and dizziness.
The science experiment which the allergist removed from my ear is known as cerumen (pronounced: suh-roo-mun) impaction. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology website, symptoms of excessive ear wax build up or cerumen impaction include:
• Partial hearing loss, which may be progressive
• A sensation that feels like the ear is plugged
• Fullness in the ear
• Tinnitus, ringing, or noises in the ear
Remember, your ear wax protects your ear from ear infections and outdoor elements (dirt, dust, etc.). Ear wax naturally removes itself by the chewing motion of your jaw. This causes the wax to flake and fall away.
The key thing is to soften the wax. Using extreme hot or cold water may cause dizziness.
Here are some home remedies you can use to remove your ear wax:
• Purchase an over-the-counter ear wax removal product (approximately $10).