Since marrying the DeathLlama, I’ve developed the habit of sleeping in ear plugs. It isn’t that he snores excessively loud; it’s that he snores, or clicks, or otherwise makes sounds that stirs this light sleeper from her blissful state of unconsciousness. I hate that.
The earplugs I use are the cheap foamy ones. They do bug sometimes, and I about 40% of the times that I put them in when I go to bed, I wake up and find them either in my hand or lost somewhere in the bed.
I’ve noticed, in the last few months maybe, that my right ear itches like mad more, and seems to be producing about double the amount of wax as the right. I’ve wondered many things–did I have an itchy ear and scratch it back when I had acrylic nails? And then of course, said scratch would itch, get scratched, not heal, etc. But that’s been MONTHS! …And I was also wondering if wearing ear plugs at night irritated it.
I stopped wearing ear plugs for about two weeks or so, but then have recently reverted back (the cats have been loud wrestling in the hallway). When I wasn’t wearing the earplugs, my right ear didn’t itch. Now it itches again.
I’ve read in other threads here not to use q-tips, but when that right ear was REALLY itchy, I had to. (Not to be too gross, but there would sometimes be blood on the q-tip, and plenty of dark colored, orange wax.)
So, all of this rambling, anecdotal detailing leads back to my question–can earplugs irritate the ear canal?