I have a history of allergy, asthma, and sinus problems. Ten days ago, I woke up and my right ear felt clogged and I could hear my own voice in my ears when I spoke. I also developed a high pitched ringing in that ear. I believe I have some hearing loss in my right ear. I self-medicated for five days by taking 40 mg of prednisone, as that has worked in the past, but it did not help. I woke up in a horrible dizzy spell last Friday, but it passed after I was up and around for about two hours. I have no ear pain, no discharge, no sinus problems. I am currently using a steroid nasal spray, an antihistamine, and a decongestant (Sudafed) as prescribed by my family doctor. He states that I do not need an antibiotic because he sees no sign of infection. Nothing works.
I have an appointment with my ENT this coming Friday. How long will this condition persist? Is there anything else I can do?
From my research, this condition can last days, weeks, months, or even longer. For me, it's been about 7 months and counting. You can read more on this board by searching "eustachian tube dysfunction caused tinnitus"...there is a group of us here that are supporting each other, sharing information, and trying to find an actual cure or treatment that works.
I will be having surgery on July 19th to install pressure equalization tubes, as all the other treatments so far have failed...medications, TMJ bite splint, etc.
The ONLY thing that has gotten better for me is the tinnitus, for which I am very grateful. I control my salt and MSG intake, and it is nearly always gone.
Do know that we are here for you to support you through your journey. Be well.
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If you have no infection the fluid behind eardrum is annoying take claritin not the 24 hour kind and alot of water and leave ears alone so the water can drain down the back of the throat this can become annoying but do this and you will be okay. This will avoid you having tubes in ears I am dealing with the same issue and can tell you everything that worked to have me feeling normal again and all fluid is about gone yaaaaa I feel alive again.
It has been some time since I have been on the boards, but unfortunately it is not because of good news. Although... what I can report is that in general for the past couple months it has gone relatively unnoticed. I think this is due to the fact that it is summer, it is hot, so I have all my windows open and fans constantly on. This creates enough white noise to drown out whatever tinnitus still exits in my ear and for the most part I have "forgotten" that I even have it.
Of course, the other day it was cool enough to switch off my fan which is when I noticed it is definitely still there... albeit I don't think it is as bad. I did have a follow up with my ENT and he said that, like any bodily tissue, if it gets damaged then it may not work properly and takes time to heal. It may not heal, but in my specific case (seems like nerve damage from a blow to the head, for those that do not know) there is still a chance it could improve, but it is pretty much unknown at this point. As my doc puts it "let it work itself out", however that may be.
So for recent sufferers, as I'm sure you've heard, you DO get a little more used to it over time. But yeah, I know... it sucks. Best of luck everyone.
Ben, interesting that you question whether there's a vascular connection. I came across a post elsewhere by a man who had been suffering from ETD for many years and during an annual checkup with a new GP he mentioned the constant ear crackling/popping as an afterthought. The doctor prescribed him two meds, one of which was papaverine and I think the other was a steroid. He wrote that he didn't know which of the two was doing the trick, but he hasn't had any symptoms for over two years! Papaverine is a cerebral and coronary vasodilator! So maybe in some cases of ETD there's an issue with vascular constriction. You may be on to something.
Thanks for the reply. I don't know if I am or not, but there definitely seems to be a connection between all of my symptoms. It just seems like it could be something vascular. I'll be seeing a neurologist tomorrow, and will talk to him as well as my current ENT. I'm also seeing another ENT, and a "vertigo specialist" this month, so i'll let you all know. Hopefully i'll get a correct diagnosis, although i'm not too hopeful.
I will look into those medicines you've listed, and do a little more research on it. Good luck to everyone out there.
Nice to "see" you again, Yummy Mayo. I'm sorry your tinnitus hasn't abated. Yes, I suppose it is something we get used to in time. I have heard it can take 12-18 months to be fully habituated to it, but once habituated, you pretty much can't hear it unless actively paying attention (or so I read).
Mine is intermittent, so it makes relapses harder to ignore, since it's like I have to learn to ignore it all over again. Mine came back Weds night after eating a burrito from a food cart (food carts are big here). I didn't think it would be loaded with sodium and MSG, but something set off my tinnitus that night...could be the burrito, could be something else entirely. Anyhow, it's still here today (Friday evening). The other mistake I made was getting lazy about my daily intake of vitamins and supplements. I take the full "tinnitus" regimen, and I started skipping days and doses. Now with the tinnitus back and vibrating/humming away, I'm kicking myself. I won't make that mistake again.
My only consolation is knowing that it will probably go away again, or at least die down to where I am not as conscious of it...hopefully sooner rather than later.
To keep it on topic, I have started chiro treatments 3X a week to see if it helps ETD. Today my chiropractor did an adjustment on one of my ears that was feeling blocked, and it actually popped immediately following the adjustment. So...maybe it does work sometimes? I'll check in later with more results...too early to tell if I'm a convert. I'm also being allergy testing and will let you all know what comes of that. Reading Dr. Hurst's book about middle ear disease and allergy makes me seriously wonder if that is the root cause of my ETD, or at least something that greatly aggravates it.
YM, did you keep up with acupuncture for tinnitus, or decide it wasn't worth it? It's one of the few things I haven't yet tried in the past 8+ months.
That is the same thing they did for me. Steroidal nasal spray, Sudefed, = NOTHING. Go to a naturopath you will get lots more info. Also check my posts, yours sounds like mine but I was not given prednisone which is too much steroid for this condition I was told. It blocks your natural production of steroid, You don't want that. Make sure before you use it!
Well, there was a period of about a week where it was so minor it might as well have been gone. Even when sleeping, I would stop shifting. Lift up my head. Listen. and only then could I confirm it was still there albeit very unnoticed. Then - I may have done this to myself, but I went to a show... it wasn't so loud (and I had gone to shows during other times of tinnitus) and afterwards it was back at the same volume as before.
Last night it seemed louder than ususal but now as I type this, it is not as bad. Anyway, I am reporting this because if the week of silence wasn't a fluke, that means there is hope for healing and I can only hope that will happen again. This time I'll be more careful about loud volumes, since it does seem related unlike what I understood from the ENT.
Generally, I am coping with it more easily now on a whole. Still gets me down sometimes, esp. when I listen to music that has large periods of silence, etc. But... for the new sufferers, it will get better in time. Try and stay positive, and yes I believe there is hope.