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Vertigo and ear plug use
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TBOLANDER posted:
I have been using earplugs, the soft foam kind, for well over a year now. My husbands snores and the earplugs help me sleep. In using them I squeeze them to fit into my ear and I do admit I put them in quite far, when the foam earplug expands the end of the earplug is even with the outside of my ear canal. The fit is tight and sometimes I have feared the earplug my become stuck. Would using the earplugs in this way for over a year cause me to form crystals in my ears and lead to vertigo? I have also noticed that I do not produce ear wax since I have been using the earplugs. Could the lack of ear wax be caused from the earplugs and then inturn lead to my vertigo?
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Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
Many things can cause vertigo....but earplug use would not be high on the list. Those crystals you are speaking about are in the inner ear; no where near where you are putting the earplugs, so...no, earplugs will not cause crystal formation.

You may be forming earwax but it is somehow absorbed into those foam plugs, or you are actually pushing the earwax back toward your eardrums. Incidentally, a wax impaction can cause vertigo.


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