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Re: Blocked eustachian tube

Re: Blocked eustachian tube

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Posted by Bob (again) on September 15, 2000 at 14:38:25:

In Reply to: Re: Blocked eustachian tube posted by Howard on September 11, 2000 at 17:32:24:


: : 8 months ago the hearing in my left ear suddenly deterioated combined with a feeling of pressure. Speech, including my own sounds as though my head is in a metal box. My doctor diagnosed a blocked eustachian and tried antibiotics and two nasal sprays to no avail. A specialist confirmed the condition and said the normal course was to insert a grommet but in my case it would be very difficult because my outer ear canal is very narrow which he put down to the large amount of swimming I did in the past. An MRI scan revealed no tumour. The hearing aid is useless. Has anyone had similar experience or suggetions. Interestingly the condition disappeared during a flight on both outward and homeward journeys.

: : Bob

: BOB, I'VE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM OVER AND OVER FOR YEARS. IT TOOK A LOT OF DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS BEFORE ONE OF THEM FINALLY TRIED AN EAR TUBE OR GROMMET. THIS LETS THE PRESSURE OUT OF THE EAR AND LETS AIR IN. THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS WILL CURE YOUR PROBLEM, BUT THE BAD NEWS IS IF YOUR CONDITION IS LIKE MINE, AS SOON AS THE TUBE COMES OUT IN A FEW MONTHS, IT WON'T TAKE LONG FOR THE SYMTOMS TO COME BACK. I'M ON MY THIRD TUBE IN THE RIGHT EAR IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND EVERYTIME I HAVE TO GET IN REAL BAD SHAPE BEFORE THE DOCTOR WILL PUT IT BACK IN. GOOD LUCK
: HOWARD

Howard

Hope I get it right this time!

Thanks for your repy, it is reassuring to know that the condition can be cured with a grommet. My problem is that two specialists have said that my narrow ear canal makes the operation very difficult and they are reluctant to try. I may be able to help you, if you look on this message board for "Web sites for eustachian tube dysfunction one of the very good sites says that it is possible to insert a tube with a flange that will not come out.

Bob


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