Re: Eustachian Tube Dysfunction - My Diagnosis and Treatment Plan
Sorry to hear you are going through this. It is such a tough health problem to have.
I flew out this spring to see Dr. Dennis Poe in Boston. He is considered the top ENT when it comes to eustachian tube issues. In fact, he has developed very precise surgeries that treat the tubes themselves. I only wish he were closer to us out here. One thing that happened with me is that in Boston, about a day before my appointment, my ears cleared up and I was nearly free of symptoms when he evaluated me. I wanted him to see me when my tubes were really acting up. It was bad luck...or maybe, just maybe the allergies that affect me here aren't an issue in that region of the country. I flew back home and my ears promptly reverted back to the same problems...I developed two ear infections just in the first month after I came home. And the ringing started up within about fifteen minutes on the ground.
On the west coast in general, I hear good things about Dr. Brian Weeks in San Diego, the House Ear Clinic in LA, and Dr. Douglas Hoffman in Bakersfield, CA. I have not seen any of these ENTs personally.
Locally I would say OHSU would be a good bet. They have the big tinnitus clinic, neurootologists, etc. That is where I'm trying next.
PS I did not have eye issues in the early days of this, but lately I get random swelling in either or both eyes, and muscle twitches in the eyes. Some blurriness, too. I figured it was an allergy thing. I know so many people locally that are having sinus problems, eye and ear problems.