The ear plugs may have pushed some ear wax deeper in your ear. Been there, done that.
You can buy an ear wash kit at the drug store. Wearing the ear plugs can prevent the ear from draining properly. Little bits of ear wax seep out of the ear, especially when we sleep. People who sleep on the same side routinely will have more wax buildup in the 'top' ear.
I have dealt with this for decades since I sleep on my back. The ear wash works great. I have had to get an ear wash/irrigation at the docs from time to time. The home drops and ear wash can prevent this trip to the doctor.
FYI, The nurse or medical assistant will warm up some water, maybe add some ear cleaning stuff. Then she fills a special syringe with a round, ball like tip and puts it in your ear. She will flush your ear with this solution until the ear canal looks clean. Sometimes, a big glob of wax and such will pop out.
If feels so good afterward.
The drops will soften the wax so it drains out normally.
Some ear plugs, especially the plastic molded ones, will push the wax deeper. The foam plugs trend to get the wax stuck on them so the wax comes out with the ear plug... Gross. It washes off in hot water.
Mark in Idaho
60 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 100 mgs of 5-HTP AM, 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan at noon.
As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin.
May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.
Oct 2014, off the Celexa. The 5-HTP is doing much better and leaves me feeling normal as compared to being on an SSRI.
I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation
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