Yesterday, after months of teaching my young daughter how to “doggy paddle,” she finally swam the pool’s deep end. Alone. Not long after this momentous occasion, one of my other children (who will remain nameless) splashed water into my right ear. Hours later, that ear still hurts.
Hearing aids are useless when I have swimmer’s ear because the fluid makes hearing difficult in that one ear. My question is: How do you cope with fluid in your ears—either from swimmer’s ear or an infection—and the struggle to hear even with hearing aids? How do you listen to those around you when your hearing is comprised even more than usual?
Please post your comments below. I am all ears to your suggestions.