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Old 07-01-2013, 01:00 AM   #1
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Are ear tubes a permanent fix for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

I was planning on getting myringotomy and ear tubes inserted in about 4 months, but I am just worried that these surgeries will only provide me with temporary ear relief. I have been struggling with ETD for 2 years now, and it looks like my only option now is surgery. I have tried nasal sprays, decongestants, medicines prescribed by my ETD, gotten checked by a TMJ specialist and they said I do not have TMJ, and also I do not have allergies either. My ETD did take note that my sinuses are a little inflamed but just a little. He said that if this surgery doesn't solve my ETD then they will perform surgery for my nose. I am going to get ear tubes inserted meanwhile and they said they should fall out within 6-12 months. But does anyone have expirience with this surgery having ETD? Did it provide you with longterm relief from this problem, or did it come back as soon as the tube falls out?

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Old 07-05-2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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Re: Are ear tubes a permanent fix for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

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I was planning on getting myringotomy and ear tubes inserted in about 4 months, but I am just worried that these surgeries will only provide me with temporary ear relief. I have been struggling with ETD for 2 years now, and it looks like my only option now is surgery. I have tried nasal sprays, decongestants, medicines prescribed by my ETD, gotten checked by a TMJ specialist and they said I do not have TMJ, and also I do not have allergies either. My ETD did take note that my sinuses are a little inflamed but just a little. He said that if this surgery doesn't solve my ETD then they will perform surgery for my nose. I am going to get ear tubes inserted meanwhile and they said they should fall out within 6-12 months. But does anyone have expirience with this surgery having ETD? Did it provide you with longterm relief from this problem, or did it come back as soon as the tube falls out?
I am sorry to say, but I had an ear tube placed in my left ear for ETD in April, 2013. It not only did not provide relief for me, it has made the plugged up feeling in my ear worse! Also, I had some light bleeding from the ear recently and I am going to see another ENT next month who is supposed to be one of the "best". I have had ETD for 1 year and 9 months now and have tried all of the things you have mentioned in your post. If you find a way to relieve this problem, please post it, and I will do the same!

 
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:34 AM   #3
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Cool Re: Are ear tubes a permanent fix for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

I have recently been diagnosed by 3 ENT's with ETD (along with chronic rhinitis and constant post nasal drip). Because none of my problems are allergic in nature, decongestants and antihistamines are useless and give me brain fog to boot. No bacterial involvement so antibiotics are out. I'm told that steroids are most often used but this is totally contraindicated because I have glaucoma. My doctors are unanimous in their opinion that I should keep looking for something that will help alleviate my symptons but they have no solutions. The constant noise in my head was driving me crazy but they all 3 cited the low rate of improvement from ear tubes. Enter homeopathic medicine. I have been using "Clear Sinus and Ears" ( a combination of Chinese herbs) plus "Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract Plus Nasal Spray" three times a day for a little over 3 weeks now and I feel as though I have been given my life back. Fatigue gone, energy back, post nasal drip gone, no congestion, and ear noise is soft and far away - not enough to make me aware of it unless I am in a totally silent enviroment. Is this a "cure"? Not likely, but I feel so good for the first time in a long time. I was told by all 3 docs that the ETD will eventually go away but it may take a long time. If these alternative therapies keep things status quo, I can wait.

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:13 AM   #4
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Re: Are ear tubes a permanent fix for Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

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I was planning on getting myringotomy and ear tubes inserted in about 4 months, but I am just worried that these surgeries will only provide me with temporary ear relief. I have been struggling with ETD for 2 years now, and it looks like my only option now is surgery. I have tried nasal sprays, decongestants, medicines prescribed by my ETD, gotten checked by a TMJ specialist and they said I do not have TMJ, and also I do not have allergies either. My ETD did take note that my sinuses are a little inflamed but just a little. He said that if this surgery doesn't solve my ETD then they will perform surgery for my nose. I am going to get ear tubes inserted meanwhile and they said they should fall out within 6-12 months. But does anyone have expirience with this surgery having ETD? Did it provide you with longterm relief from this problem, or did it come back as soon as the tube falls out?
I've been through three tubes now (one on left ear, two on right, including a long-term T-tube that did not last any longer than the regular tubes did). It is not a permanent fix...at best, it's a temporary slight relief that also makes it safe to fly with blocked ears. As soon as the tubes fall out (which in itself is an uncomfortable process that can take weeks), if you are still suffering from the underlying condition that causes your ETD, you will be back to square one.

Also, it seems many adults have problems with the side effects of the tubes, or even feel more stuffy with tubes in. Just things to think about...I think my own experiences with the tubes were better than most that post on here.

 
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