I recently had a cold, and my left ear got plugged up...I would wake up with it totally clogged, and throughout the day it would get better; until last week, when it just wouldn't pop at all. It was driving me NUTS b/c I was pretty much deaf in that ear and I was having a lot of difficulty singing (I'm in a group) and talking on the phone.
Finally, it occurred to me that it might be earwax. I had that same ear flushed out several years ago, and the nurse said it was the largest single amount of wax she'd ever seen. She also mentioned that my ear canal is quite narrow. So last Monday I went in to have my ear irrigated. The nurse tried for 25 minutes, but the wax wouldn't budge
By this time the wax was creating a lot of pressure on my eardrum, I had a nasty headache, and I was ready to
She sent me home with some sweet oil to soften the wax, and told me to come back in on Thursday. It took another 15 minutes or so, but the nurse was finally able to extract THE BIGGEST FREAKIN' HUNK OF EARWAX I HAD EVER SEEN!
We just stared at it, kind of unable to believe that I could have THAT much.
No wonder I was practically deaf.