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hearing loss due to barotrauma

hearing loss due to barotrauma

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Posted by Sarah Massie on December 02, 1999 at 14:21:21:

Help! 6 mo. ago I suffered barotrauma while learning to dive - went straight to m y ENT and he put tubes in my ears and assured me I'd be fine to dive or do anything because the pressure would be equalized. I flew 3 days later and had MASSIVE pain upon landing and junk coming out of both ears (eardrums ruptured due to clogged tubes I guess) Called Dr. and again he said I'd be fine - 7 days into my 10 day vacation I went to E.R. with massive infections and about 80% hearing loss. I was put on drops and antibiotics. Gradually everything has cleared up after visits every 2 weeks for them to suck and scrape out my ear (subsequently 1 tube has been taken out) My hearing has not fully returned in 1 ear (20% loss) and the doctors are very perplexed. C.T. scan shows no abnormalities. They want to wait 2 mos. and see if there's any improvement and do exploratory surgery to see what's going on. What's weird is I can blow and sort of pop my ear but as soon as I swallow it closes back up. Any ideas?



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