I think I'm just sensitive to cold beverages in large quantities... My mom and grandma used to warn us kids not to drink cold and we almost never did. But lately i have developed a "taste" for cold water or milk and i think this might be indeed doing something to contribute or cause it...
No infection in the ear canal (at least not that is seen with an otoscope) and i don't think the canal is sensitive to touch the way it is when irritated by infection. The water this time of year is warm so I don't wear ear plugs until it gets below 70 F or so, but maybe I should, just to keep the ears dry...
I probably have a mild case of swimmer's ear with the ear canal (especially the right one) having narrowed noticeably compared to how it was 20 years ago, but it is still fairly open and no hearing issues as far as I can tell. But I've started to wear plugs when the water is cold, so hopefully it does not progress much further.
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