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Dumb Question but can you freeze
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kraigWY    Posted 01-26-2004 at 07:43:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your ear drumbs. Yesterday I was helping my neighbor with his water tank, when as it often does, Wyoming weather changed rappidly. Wind came up (about 40 MPH) all of a sudden and the temp went from 20 to 5 in less then 30 min. Since it wasn't that cold to start with I didn't have my earflap hat. Ears got cold and then I couldn't feel then. When I got back to the house I thawed out but my eardrums still hurt this morning.

Never had that happen and I spent lots of time in worst weather.

So do eardrums freeze?

Jon(WI)    Posted 01-26-2004 at 08:58:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jon, I doubt if your "Ear Drums" froze. The "Drum" is a tight membrane known in physiological terms as the "Tympanic" membrane. It picks up sound waves and transmits them to small bones in the inner ear. Since this membrane is within your head, freezing it would also freeze part of your brain. Since it is a thin membrane, the cold wind, as mentioned water, can cause pain (Ear ache) and even damage it with icy water. Freeze it I doubt. Next time wear muffs.

Course....    Posted 01-26-2004 at 08:09:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
they can. Just ask any Grandma and she'll tell ya the old man can't hear fer shutt..... :^)

I tell ya...    Posted 01-26-2004 at 07:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am sure that they can...

Had some sinus trouble this last year and while seeing my ENT (Ear/NoseThroat) Guy he looked in my ears and said that I had scarring on my eardrums...I asked if it was from shooting and loud noise...He told me that it was from swimming in cold water...

That would make it 20+ years ago that the damage was done on me...


Alias    Posted 01-26-2004 at 08:11:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wonder if anyone took the time to tell those brave souls that belong to Polar Bear Clubs what can happen to your ears from swimming in cold water. I get tendenitis that causes ringing in my ears, but, I don't think it was brought on by cold tempatures.

Warren    Posted 01-26-2004 at 14:06:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe the word for ringing in the ears is "Tinnitus", tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon.

Seamist    Posted 01-26-2004 at 15:54:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are so right.

Gene SC    Posted 01-26-2004 at 09:15:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Poor Souls!!!LOL Thoes "IDIOTS" deserve
anything they get.

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