lifelong ear and throat problems
I'm 30, female and live in England. I've had "glue ear" since the age of three. Had three lots of gromets, also tonsils and adenoids out. It's been ok throughout my teenage years, though have always been prone to sore throats.
The last few years, though, I've had SOOO many ear and throat infections, it's just ridiculous! Every time I have a cold, I go deaf from the fluid in my ears. My doctors say to take decongestants, inhale steam, and to make my ears pop. Well, this time, it just isn't working. I've been really very deaf for weeks now, and it's driving me insane! I can't hear half of what people say to me, and it's making me very irritable and frustrated. And I'm looking for a new job at the moment, which is going to be difficult if I can't hear the person interviewing me!
I'm doing some reseach because I didn't know until very recently, and my doctors never told me, that adults can have gromets inserted. I know it would be a last resort, but I'm desperate.
Just wondered if anyone had any words of wisdom for me? I'd especially like to hear from fellow Brits, as no doubt the system is very different elsewhere. I'd like to know if it's available on the NHS. Obviously I'm going to go to my doctor as soon as possible, but it's difficult with the hours I'm working at the moment, and the hours she's there...