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    I am demoing a pair of Resound Linx2 761s. I am in the third day. This evening when I tried to remove the left one, it was stuck. Apparently a vacuum was keeping me from removing it. The vacuum was pulling on my ear drum and it was painful. I persevered and it came out, but not without pain that I dont want to experience again. What do I do to prevent this in the future???

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    I'm no expert but common sense seems to say that if you can find something pointy and small but hopefully not too sharp (maybe a tooth pick?) and try to slide it in between the HA and the side of your canal, this can help break the vacuum and let you remove the HA without pain. Of course you don't want to stick it in too deep. Just enough to break the seal.
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    My advice would be to speak with your clinician - If it's a dome on the end it may be a bit large and in turn creating a complete seal, a smaller one or a vented one may alleviate this. If it's a moulding, then the venting may need to be opened up to allow more air into the canal. I wouldn't recommend sticking a toothpick in it as per the above recommendation. I can understand the logic, but 'pointy and small' and 'ears' is never a great combination in my experience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volusiano View Post
    I'm no expert but common sense seems to say that if you can find something pointy and small but hopefully not too sharp (maybe a tooth pick?) and try to slide it in between the HA and the side of your canal, this can help break the vacuum and let you remove the HA without pain. Of course you don't want to stick it in too deep. Just enough to break the seal.
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    OK, my toothpick advice is not meant as a long term solution to be used repeatedly, obviously. I was thinking that if it happens to me and I need to remove it without pain, that's be what I would try to do for myself. It would just be a one time thing just to get the HA out. And once it's out, you don't want to stick the HA back in the next day until you figure out how to solve it long term, like go see your audi to see what can be done. But if you don't want to leave it in there for days until you can go see an audi, and you want to pull it out without pain, the most obvious thing is to break the vacuum seal somehow. Either that or pull the heck out of it until it pops out like the OP did, and suffer the pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volusiano View Post
    OK, my toothpick advice is not meant as a long term solution to be used repeatedly, obviously. I was thinking that if it happens to me and I need to remove it without pain, that's be what I would try to do for myself. It would just be a one time thing just to get the HA out. And once it's out, you don't want to stick the HA back in the next day until you figure out how to solve it long term, like go see your audi to see what can be done. But if you don't want to leave it in there for days until you can go see an audi, and you want to pull it out without pain, the most obvious thing is to break the vacuum seal somehow. Either that or pull the heck out of it until it pops out like the OP did, and suffer the pain.
    Putting something small and sharp into your ear canal(which you cannot see) is fraught with danger. Jiggling the receiver slightly from side to side might break the seal enough to ease them out then allow professional help to be sought before reinsertion. Otherwise they could be left in and help sought from an audiologist or the emergency department at your local hospital.
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    What, caution? Seems contradictory to the spirit of your signature! :>)
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    I would have used the toothpick from my classic SAK.

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    You probably could use a smaller dome with success. Don't keep doing what happened. If you can't get to the audiologist for help, take a small scissors and make a cut in the dome. (Not while in the ear.) That will relax the fit slightly. It is a common thing to do with domes that are too tight. You can add another slit if necessary.
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