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Old 08-11-2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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Question Ear pressure/ringing 2 weeks, please help

I've had the following symptoms following a mild head cold:

-Ringing/buzzing in ears (predominantly in right ear)
-Pressure in ears and nose

The symptoms have lasted about 2 weeks now.
I went to a regular Dr. and she gave me nasacorte AQ. After little to no results I went to an ENT; he determined that I have no infection and my hearing is near perfect. He did say my nasal sinuses were a little swollen and (after a CT scan) I had a deviated septum.

The pressure and ringing is minimal in the morning and gets progressively worse throughout the day. The ENT gave me alleRX which I've been taking twice a day. I've also been doing a nasal saline rinse twice a day.

Does anyone know what this is and if/when it will go away? I can handle the pressure but the ringing is maddening. The ENT kept reassuring me it would go away with time since it's not due to hearing damage, but I'm still worried.

I've got an appointment with an allergist on Friday.

From what I've read this could be Eustachian tube dysfunction. Is there a way for my Dr. to check for this?

 
Old 02-12-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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Re: Ear pressure/ringing 2 weeks, please help

Hey. Sounds like you have something similar to what I have been experiencing for the past month.

Basically, I don't feel any pain or loss of hearing (took a hearing test and I still have above average hearing) but I went to an ENT who told me I had Eustachian tube dysfunction. Though I may have it, I am skeptical if this is the cause of my tinnitus, since the ringing was prompted by a slap on the ear. I felt a "whoosh" of pressure and have had the ringing since then.

The ENT gave me steroid nasal sprays which he thought "should clear up the Eustachian tubes in a week or so" but of course it has not. He seemed to imply it would go away on its own eventually, but of course it is "unpredictable"

Since then, there was a brief period of time (maybe 3-4 days) of almost perfect clarity and I was sure it was going away, but then that evening it hit me pretty hard. It comes and goes, but never disappears 100% What I wouldn't give to experience total silence again, this is maddening when trying to sleep.

It is possible his misdiagnosed me, which is why I am seeing another specialist on Monday. I actually "hope" it is ETD because my understanding is that in most cases the tinnitus will go away if this is the cause. All we can do is hope. Let me know if there are any changes with you and I will do the same.

 
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