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The ancient term for vinyl records used to be wax. I looked that up and here's what I found:

"Vinyl records were originally referred to as "wax" because the first commercially available records were made from a mixture of shellac, a resin secreted by female lac bugs, mixed with clay and cotton fibers. This mixture was heated and pressed into discs, which were then coated with a layer of wax to protect the surface. The term "wax" persisted for some time, even after other materials, such as vinyl, were used to make records."

It wasn't until the year of my birth, 1948, that PVC (vinyl) was used instead.

But, this post is not about vinyl wax. No, instead, it's about ear wax.

Our ears produce wax for a number of reasons like keeping out dust and infections. Good stuff to protect our hearing. And all that works just fine unless you are a male over 50 or 60 years old. Then, something else happens. Ear hair traps wax and builds it up to block our hearing.

Some of us, like me, have it pretty bad. 

About once every 90 days or so I head over to the ear doc and get it scraped out.

How to know when?

I use my finger test. After a shower and when my hands are really dry, I place my thumb, index and middle finger close to my ear and then rub them together to make a scratching sound. If I can hear the full range of higher frequencies then I am ok.

Try it. You might be surprised.

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