Today I went to an ENT to have my ears checked out. Super nice lady, lots of knowledge on tinnitus to my surprise (I'm not ageist, but she couldn't have been older than 28 and I like my medical workers OLD and have seen everything.) I talked to her about my noise induced tinnitus I've had since I was a teenager and she talked my ear off a bit about how many younger people she keeps seeing about tinnitus (sigh.) She checked my ears and said both were REALLY clogged with wax and said she'd vacuum them out, but it would be loud. I said, "Oh, HELL NO" and said "Ok, ok, not a problem. I'll do it the slow, quiet way." and did a manual cleaning. Holy crap, there was so much gunk. She scrapped so much out. My tinnitus hasn't dropped or anything since, but DAMN, can I hear a whole lot better. Anyway, what the hell is with the ear vaccum cleaning? If it's loud that means it could be damaging, right? Granted, I worry too much and no offense to her, but why even suggest it to someone with tinnitus if there's quiet, safe ways to do it?