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Earbud foam removal surgery [Sep. 6th, 2007|11:04 pm]
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Mr. dan_erat on foam earbud removal...



... he failed. Time to drink.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-07 07:33 am (UTC)
Yes, because being drunk will improve your accuracy and depth perception when putting a sharp metal object near a person's eardrum. :D
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-09-07 08:26 am (UTC)
increases pain tolerance.
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[User Picture]From: erik
2007-09-07 07:59 am (UTC)
Was it a set of Shures? Usually those earfoam dealies are on pretty dang tight.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-09-07 08:44 am (UTC)
Whatever it was, it was not on tight, and got stuck ever deeper into the ear. We tried and failed all night to remove it ... they'll go to the doctor tomorrow and give us their report.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2007-09-07 09:40 am (UTC)
I've had this happen on aircraft with etymotics. I asked the EK flight attendant to bring me tweezers; she brought the little plastic tongs used for handing out hot towels. It worked pretty well, but I was also non-drunk. Turbulence made it harder. Of course I reattached the earplug to the canalphone and reinserted.
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[User Picture]From: xlerb
2007-09-07 12:46 pm (UTC)
I've had this happen on the subway with Etymotics a few times. My experience with extraction: tweezers are useless (can't get a grip); human fingers are worse than useless (too fat and round; will just shove it in deeper); but pliers actually work. I've had the best luck with my locking pliers, but anything thin enough to get a good grip should do.

(No, I did not do this on the subway in front of everyone, not that weirder things haven't happened there; in any case I didn't have the tools on me.)

Void where prohibited from being a tool-using ape (e.g., airplanes).
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[User Picture]From: crackmonkey
2007-09-07 02:48 pm (UTC)
Vague memories tell me that you should get a qtip, clip the end off, dab some glue on the end, "attach" it to the ear bud, and pull it out that way. Maybe it was on Mr Rodgers or something.
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From: dan_erat
2007-09-07 05:49 pm (UTC)

resolution

It took the doctor four or so tries to get it out. He used a long, thin pair of forceps. No damage to the eardrum, but I guess there was a decent amount of blood from scratches inside the ear. Steve said that the suction was pretty intense when it finally came out, so I doubt we could've gotten it with tweezers. I was going to buy him an ice cream cone for being such a brave lil' trooper, but Mitchell's was closed.

The ER copay was a hundred bucks, but the lady at registration was nice and let Steve skip to the front of the line when she heard we were on a tight schedule. I remembered afterwards that I have a tool that might've done the trick (it's a plastic tube with a plunger that pushes spring-loaded wire grabby things out), so I think we'll be ready next time.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2007-09-08 12:50 am (UTC)

Re: resolution

> I remembered afterwards that I have a tool that might've done the trick (it's a plastic tube with a plunger that pushes spring-loaded wire grabby things out), so I think we'll be ready next time.

Like the Totall Recall bug grabber thing?
Also- I would swear I know you from somewhere but I can't remember where... FNF?
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From: dan_erat
2007-09-08 04:45 am (UTC)

Re: resolution

Haven't seen that movie in a while, but I think it's similar. I dunno what FNF is.
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[User Picture]From: wcu
2007-09-08 01:13 am (UTC)

Re: resolution

lol @ brave little trooper
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[User Picture]From: brad
2007-09-08 04:20 pm (UTC)

Re: resolution

I have that same tool! Can't believe I didn't think of it.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-09-08 05:33 am (UTC)

Easy

Just use a chopstick dabbed with super glue on one end.
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