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Old 02-02-2008, 11:39 PM   #1
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Ear problems in an Adult

I'm 35.Since age 25 I've had HEAPS of problem with my Ears.I first had an Inner Ear Infection then a Fungal Infection.Now my Ears ache deep inside,occasionally itch,feel stuffy that at times I feel as if I'm talking through my Ears (Teeth feel hollow too),sometimes ring,I'm off-balance and I can't hear well out of my left Ear.This is the problematic Ear.As a Child I recall 1 Earache,but that's it.Why am I now all of a sudden as an Adult having problems?

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Old 02-07-2008, 07:02 PM   #2
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Re: Ear problems in an Adult

Here is my story on ear problems. I want to post everything I found out, so maybe I can help someone.
I also am having ear problems. My right ear is aching, itchy, feeling of fullness, and constant ear ringing, so much so that I'm not sure if the ringing is coming from that one ear or both! I have had dizzy spells about 1 year ago; both don't have them now for some reason. I have been to doctor a dozen of times. I have tried steroid drops for the ear but they actually made my ear worse. Then sinus and allergy meds, and antibiotics. I just had blood work done and my doc found that I was severe anemic. I'm taking 3 doses of iron a day at 5grams at a time. Doc seems to think that could be the cause for the ear ringing. I have had an itchy right ear for many years now, but thought nothing much of it. However, my doc seems to think it could be all related to low iron levels. I also, have experienced some TMJ in the past, which also could cause ear ringing, so I went back to the dentist and had that looked at. Of course, the dentist told me my jaw is not lined right so now I am wearing a splint all the time except when I eat. In another attempt to stop the ear ringing I went to the chiropractor as I have a history of tight shoulders and neck. Wow, did the chiropractor relax me for a couple of days and stopped the ear ringing for a day. But the ear ringing did not go away. I went to an ENT specialist and he put me on Xanax to calm me because the ear ringing is driving me crazy! In addition my other doc gave me Ambien CR to help me get some sleep. It doesn’t work, not strong enough to calm me, just makes me exhausted. I now take one Xanax before bedtime, and this lets me get enough rest, but still waking up through the night.
Hope this helps someone, and if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

Old 02-08-2008, 04:24 AM   #3
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Re: Ear problems in an Adult


Since December I have had ringing in my ears as well. I have been to an ENT and had a CT scan and all seem pretty normal despite sinus problems for a long time. One ear feels more clogged than the other. I also have had five molar extractions and am due to get my partial on Monday so am wondering if TMJ plays a part here. Also, the ENT thought I had some sort of virus and it would take time to go away.

I wish I had some answers for you, but right now I don't. I understand how upset you are about the ear ringing. It quite upset me too. Slowly I am learning to live with it and not be so upset by it. It is always worse in the morning, I think because everything clogs up again over night. Sleeping was difficult for me too as the quiet makes it seem louder and all you want to do is rest. Have you tried things like sleeping with a fan going or falling asleep with the TV on? Those do seem to help. Do you also notice it less when you are doing things like shopping, working, involved with something else?

I will let you know if I find anything else that helps. I am hoping it goes away eventually. Try to do things which will calm you. The anxiety is probably making it much worse. I know that is difficult to do, but anything you find enjoyable will help to calm you. Also lots of self talk - things like - I am OK, there is nothing seriously wrong, I can live with this, time will make me feel better - anything little phrase that works for you can help lower the anxiety and make you feel better. Sounds trite, but it does help.

Let me know how you are doing and I will stay in touch.


Old 02-08-2008, 04:33 AM   #4
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One other thought - sometimes decongestants, antihistimines, and antibiotics can cause ringing. They can also cause a rebound effect - clearing things up for awhile and then making the situation worse. I have stopped taking everything for awhile to see if that helps.


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