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Old 08-20-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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how long does it take to put ear tubes in an adult

how long does it take to put ear tubes in an adult

 
Old 09-02-2008, 01:07 PM   #2
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Re: how long does it take to put ear tubes in an adult

Short answer... about 30 minutes.

Long answer...
I had tubes put into both ears about 3 weeks ago and showed up to the clinic an hour early (6am) and then had my appt at 7am. By 7am I was in a gown and ready to rock and roll. I went in... had local (next time I'd go general and have them knock me out) which means an injection into the ear for numbing. (hurts like heckers)

Then I got about 10 minutes per ear of really bad white noise/static. Not uncomfortable - just odd. Following both ears I walked (like a drunken woman) back to the chair for recovery with a LOT of help from the nurse. I promptly then got ill thanks to the dizziness and was asked to stay until I felt better. It wasn't until approx 9:30am that I had my husband come and pick me up. (Leaving my car in the parking lot that they had said I would be able to drive home no problem).

I went straight to bed and woke up around 2pm with the dizzy feeling mostly gone. It has been just over 3 weeks now and I still feel like I am on an airplane with the muffled sounds and hearing my own voice is still - odd and unsettling. It's really effected my anxiety level, sadly.

So, in the end - it's a short, easy procedure (for most, I think). But I would be ready to have someone drive you home.

Hope you have a better experience. I've heard from many others that it was a piece of cake for them. Not sure why mine had to be so icky.

 
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Old 09-02-2008, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: how long does it take to put ear tubes in an adult

psalm...what does the doctor say? Not sure what would be worse..the symptoms that lead you to the tubes or the dizziness/airplane muffle sound

 
Old 09-02-2008, 06:01 PM   #4
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Re: how long does it take to put ear tubes in an adult

The end of last week I talked with my doctor and that was the first thing I said... "I regret this. It's worse now..."

But then he reminded me. I had the tubes put in after 6+ months of fully retracted ears that were causing dizziness and were very uncomfortable. He has asked me to give upto 6 weeks for my head to realize that what I'm hearing is normal and the "high pitched" sound I'm used to was due to the retracted ears and fluid that had been in my head for so long.

So I'm waiting it out and hoping that it DOES get better. I'm hoping I'm more the exception to the rule as to how long it takes to recover. This has been nasty. *bleh*

 
Old 09-02-2008, 06:27 PM   #5
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Re: how long does it take to put ear tubes in an adult

i can't imagine what you are going thru. I have chronic fluid in my right ear. About 2 days a month it flares and i'm in misery. I can't imagine that more often or having my hearing diminished

kids are resilient! some times it sucks to be an adult

 
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Re: how long does it take to put ear tubes in an adult

I am in complete agreement with you, I was told that all children and even some adults are put under for the quick operation...the ENT specialist said it would take 10 mins, sting just a little and be over, but that some people choose to wait 3 months to get an appointment where they can be put under for it......I don't know if I have a really low tolerance for pain for super sensitive eardrums, because I thought I'd be a big girl and opt for having it done while I'm awake just by having the eardrums frozen for it, and it HURT a lot! A lot more than I was expecting....I cried & cried...felt like a complete idiot! And I wasn't told anything about after-effects...the specialist said I'd be able to go back to work right away, but for about 3 hours after the operation, I experienced pain in my ears like a really bad earache...and now my ears just feel plugged-up.......if you're able to wait to have it done while you're under, I would recommend that...............

 
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