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Sometimes a debilitating disease like pityriasis rubra pilaris brings out the STUPID in us. Over a period of nearly three months my hearing deteriorated. It was such a slow process that I didn’t know it was happening. My family was talking louder, but it sounded normal to me. I turned up the volume on the television and could hear fine.
 
One day my wife turned down the volume to a what she considered normal. I could only hear muffled sounds. An appointment with a nearby ENT specialist was set.
 
During the past four years I have tried to avoid using the the word otorhinolaryngologist. I actually had to go to YouTube to listen to someone say it. Actually, it’s not that difficult:
 
OH-toe, RYE-no, lair-in-OL-o-gist
 
My otorhinolaryngologist removed two plugs the size of jelly beans — one out of each ear. He also discovered inflammation in both ears. I came back every 30 days for the next 9 months, then quarterly for a year. The inflammation finally disappeared.

If I had seen the ENT sooner, I might have avoided the inflammation.

The following are comments shared by members of the PRP Facebook Support Group.

Amber H — Port-au-Prince, Haiti
I think I’ve been in denial, but time to do something about these ears. Sort of hurt sometimes, but mild. But yesterday I went up the mountain, and increasing elevation really just made me yucky, and I think a lot due to the clogged ears issue. I think I’m hearing ok (for now), and it’s not yet a big deal, but I want to address it before it is. Is there any at home remedies people do? I have tried hydrogen peroxide but doesn’t seem to do much. (and I am an avid Q-tipper)

Equally typical response…

Brenda M — Kent, England
Hi Amber, firstly throw away the q-tips! The skin in the ear usually moves gradually to the outside where dead skin sheds naturally. Unfortunately in PRP with the increased skin production, the action of the movement which is aided by wax does not happen quickly enough and the skin and wax build up within the ear canal. It forms a cone plug, which to begin with will have a hollow centre allowing you to hear until it is almost completely blocked. It can itch, bleed and suppurate. It needs to be sorted by a professional who will clear the ear out using suction instruments and not syringing.

Syringing introduces water to the ear canal which, with the additional issue of skin thinning lead to infections. Before you go to your appointment it is a good idea to soften the skin build up with a couple of drops of olive oil night and morning for 2/3 days before hand.

PS according to my mother, the only thing you should ever put in your ear is your elbow!!

Bill M — Plano, TX
Listen to Brenda M. At one point I was having an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) specialist remove the wax / skin plug from my Outer Ear every 30 days. In my case there was also some inflammation that didn’t clear up until I was in remission. There is absolutely no better way to remove the wax/skin plug than with a professional.

Lorna R — Eugene , OR
Do not put liquids in your ears….go to the Ear Medical Doctor. That person will very efficiently clean your ears.

Nicola G — Central Otago, New Zealand
I have always had my ears suctioned once a year since I wear hearing aids, it’s the safest way to look after your ears and hearing

Glen M — Glenview, IL
An ENT will do more than just clean your ears. A thorough exam of your ears may reveal inflammation and require some some medication usually a steroid based drops. A big relief is that they are professionals who see and treat this inflammatory disease from a different perspective. They may also advise you to keep your ears dry as possible during this phase.

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