I was getting deafer and deafer in one ear and, thinking there might be something wrong, I took myself off to the doctor to get it checked out. Turns out, embarrassingly enough, that my eardrum was completely covered in ear wax. I don't know why but I find ear wax deeply embarrassing. Like dandruff. I feel as though it points to some fundamental failing in me. Or on me, as the case may be. So the doctor marched me round to the nurse, who syringed my ear and got all the wax out.
What a marvellous sensation to be hearing in 3D again! Sometimes I understand how evangelicals must feel. Though I'm not sure how much proselytising one could do on the wonders of ear wax removal.
I was telling Canned Ham about it. Turns out her ex-husband had suffered from wax build-up and had to go to the doctor regularly to get it all removed. After she told me this she paused for a minute, then burst out laughing and said, "That's probably why he doesn't have any brains left."