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I suspect part of the difference between the nurse trying it and the ENT is the ENT has the right tools.
Normal forceps are fairly big and clumsy in the ear canal. The tip is about half the width of the ear canal.
What is needed is a ground down forceps like a tweezer tip. It can grab the cone without pushing it in further.

A long time ago my 5 yr old son got a fish hook embedded in his palm.
It was in deep enough that it had to come out barb first after cutting the eye off.
After watching the nurse flounder for 15 minutes I finally took the tools from her and did it my self.
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Old 05-04-2019, 05:50 AM
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I suspect part of the difference between the nurse trying it and the ENT is the ENT has the right tools.
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As those of us who work on our cars know, the right tools can certainly make the job easier.
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Old 05-04-2019, 05:52 AM
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Mike, I hope to get to NO some day, the land of the House of the Rising Sun, and have a couple Ginger Ale's or something stronger with you!
Don't wait forever, Dave. If you drive down in the MG, you could probably get a write-up in Jalopnik or Hagerty News Online.
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Woke up at 3:00 AM this morning with tinnitus in my left ear.
still ringing away but not quite as bad.
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Old 05-16-2019, 04:25 AM
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Originally Posted by boltonblue View Post
Woke up at 3:00 AM this morning with tinnitus in my left ear.
still ringing away but not quite as bad.
It is always with me, but is much reduced post surgery. I have always been able to “ignore” it. I can’t think of a better word, but I just don’t focus on it. It is the auditory equivalent of driving in bad weather. I can usually ignore the raindrops, snow flakes, or fog and focus on whatever portions of the road and traffic I can see.
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thankfully it continued to decrease during the day and is gone now.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:11 AM
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Surgery went great. Offending object removed successfully. Zero pain as I slept through the whole thing.

This afternoon, my left ear feels "congested" because of blood and swelling. They didn't clear out the blood because it will help protect the ear drum patch for a bit. So I won't know how my hearing may have been affected for at least a few days yet. I have a follow up visit to the ENT doc in a few weeks to see how the patch is performing and how the drum is healing.

Thanks to all who took the time to comment in this thread and for all your good wishes. You guys are the best.
Glad it was a success Mike.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:12 AM
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Tinnitus is usually worse at night or when you wake up in the morning. Because there are no auditory stimulations/distractions when the environment is quiet. Once those come into play, the "noise" usually subsides. It is also possible if you get a hearing aid the tinnitus will get better in general, at least in the ear that has the aid.

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Old 05-17-2019, 04:16 AM
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When we moved into our new home I got some wireless headphones. The house is very open and when we watch TV it is in different rooms. The problem here is that my wife is in the open study watching her chick shows and I am in the living room watching car shows, war movies, sports, etc and she constantly comes in and tells me to turn it down. The headphones are my savior as I can listen to my shows without her constant visits telling me you know what. And, it drowns out the noise from her TV in the study. I don't turn them up, just enough to get the nice sound from our new Sonos sound bar. Life is good again.
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If you have the "noise" at night, you can also try one of those sound machines (white noise) to use when sleeping.
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