I’ve been having problems with my ears of late. At my annual physical this past December, my MD commented on how impacted my ears were and suggested that I allow the nurse to flush them out. I declined, not wanting to spend the extra time or experience anymore discomfort than I already had that afternoon. Although I had on occasion experienced plugging in my left ear, it always went away. Well upon returning from Florida I have been consistently bothered by clogged ears and feeling like I wasn’t hearing as well as usual. My head has felt like it weighed 100 lbs.
My discomfort was finally bad enough that today I relented and went in for an ear flushing. (You can all be thankful that I don’t have a camera phone because I was so amazed by the material that came out of my ears I would have taken a photo and been tempted to post it here.) Forty minutes later I realized that not only had I not been hearing as well, I had not been hearing at all. It is amazing. I never knew what I was missing. As soon as both ears were clear, I could hear the rustle of kleenex and the ticking of the clock. When I got into my van to go home I was almost deafened by the volume of the radio. I heard the rear seat belts jiggling and a sound as though one of the windows or doors was open. The sound of the keyboard as I type is louder than I have ever experienced.
At this point I find myself wondering just how long it has been since my ears have functioned they way they were designed to. I wish I could explain in terms others could understand what an amazing change I am experiencing. As I speak my voice is loud and echoing. Now I understand why Emondre cringes at the sound of my voice. I can only hope that this experience will cause me to never again take my senses for granted.