The internet is horrible sometimes.
Don't read on if you're particularly squeamish!
I've been between 50% and 100% deaf in my right ear for the last year. Docs have put me on oral and aural antibiotics to no effect so finally referred me to a specialist today. Turns out there's a particularly large hole (more than a perforation) in my eardrum and substantial damage to the surrounding area, meaning I need a CT scan and a 4 hour operation to rebuild that area of the ear.
I hate hospitals and I'm really not looking forward to this, although having it done in a private hospital has put me at ease a little bit. However, I've always researched ANYTHING that goes near me online. Drugs, antibiotic drops, wisdom teeth removal etc, I've always had a google around to see what's in them or what's involved.
1. There is NOTHING sacred on the Internet any more. There is NOTHING you will not find.
2. Not content with just one or two videos of various procedures from ear wax and tick removal all the way up to rebuilds and grafts, there's THOUSANDS of them. A few DIY videos (just earwax thankfully!) and a buttload of doctors with nothing better to do than stick cameras in patients ears and post them on the Internet.
3. I really hope I'm not this way inclined when I have my first prostate check....