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Hi all. I am 47 and have had many ear issues since I was a child. (tubes, infections, ect) I have had 3 different surgeries to remove a cholesteatoma. The last one in 2011 removed my tympanic bone as it was mostly destroyed. I have titanium prosthetic and actually have decent hearing. Just in the past few weeks, I have noticed a brown, waxy substance that smells just awful. I realize the open canal may cause odors, but I think there may be more going on because of the stuff coming out when I clean it with a q-tip. I am scheduled to see my ENT tomorrow (because my surgeon, who I absolutely love, can not see me anymore because I no longer have insurance and will not take cash) I am wanting to know how everyone else cleans that ear after surgeries? Since I can no longer see my surgeon to have it cleaned out, I am terrified of infections or future cholesteatomas.
Thanks in advance!
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