Do you remember Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street? They were my favorite Muppets. Ernie was always annoying Bert for one reason or another. In one episode, Ernie was holding a banana up to his ear for no apparent reason. Annoyed, Bert asked him, "Ernie, why in the world do you have a banana in your ear?!" This repeated again and again, with Burt becoming increasingly frustrated and angry at Ernie. You can find the YouTube video here but with poor captioning http://youtu.be/-_0_suZntks.
When I get a lot of wax in my ear it feels like I have a banana in there. Trust me, I have tried many products over the counter and nothing makes a difference. The problem is when I do have wax in my ear not only does my tinnitus increase but I have to ask everyone to repeat everything they say. I guess I need to find a doctor I can go see every four weeks that will vacuum the banana out so I can stop saying “Can you repeat that please?” How annoying it must be for the person who has to repeat herself. I sure would be upset, but then again I am not that patient.
I did some research on ear wax and it’s not all that bad. Ear wax protects the ear by:
I guess we need a little bit of ear wax. But when ear wax gets stuck in the inner ear it hurts and then we need to see the doctor or try medication (OTC or prescription). Now getting back to the banana, if you find yourself saying “What, What, What?” or “Can you repeat that?” too often maybe it is time to either see your primary care physician, ENT, or audiologist. As for me, I am going to the ENT to have him remove my banana.
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.