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Dry grass and blocked ears

I’m feeling a bit frustrated at present. Nothing to do with my photography, but all to do with my ears. Which are blocked.

I have a problem with blocked ears, and have done for years. Every so often they will get clogged up and I need to put in drops and visit the GP to get them cleared out. This is the case at present. I visited the nurse last week to have them syringed (after a couple of weeks of putting in olive oil drops), and had been really looking forward to getting my hearing back. Unfortunately, my ears were so clogged that the drops had only penetrated part way and the procedure left further wax deeper in my ear. On top of that, after I came out of the GP’s my hearing gradually became worse through the day – my right ear wasn’t too bad at first but in the evening I tried watching some TV programmes on the iPad with headphones – trying to listen to the TV in the living room as fruitless, with all the sound becoming a bit of a mush and any dialogue being very difficult to make out – and while the headphones on the iPad worked ok at first, after a while I felt my right ear gradually close up with whatever was still blocking much of it. So that was that.

I’m now putting drops in several times a day in preparation for round two with the nurse later in the week. Sigh.

That had nothing whatsoever to do with photography, but a photo you shall get nontheless. Not of the inside of my ears thankfully, but some dried grasses that I photographed a few weeks ago.


Olympus OM-2n, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins 20° .

Taken on 12 March 2022

4 thoughts on “Dry grass and blocked ears

    1. It’s maddening isn’t it? I’ve not been able to watch TV properly for the last two weeks – all the audio is compressed into an overlaid mush of sound meaning dialogue is really difficult to make out.

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  1. Sorry about your ear, it sounds really frustrating. You could try subtitles until you get back to normal. I like this picture.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, very frustrating. I’ve used subtitles on some things, but there’s a disappointing awareness that I’m not getting the full experience so I’m holding off on things until I get the problem sorted (I hope!) this week.


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