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    Old 11-06-2009, 05:43 AM   #1
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    patulous eustachian tube after a flight

    hi
    i would like to briefly submit my ear problem. On Oct. 26 i have taken a flight which has lasted less than two hours. Right at the taking off i have experienced a sensation of aural fullness, reduced ability to hear and a slight pain especially in my left ear (when i got on the plane i had a mild cold)
    Today, ten days after my flight, my condition is getting better. Nonetheless, i am still experiencing similar problems in my left ear. In particular I have a permanent sensation of aural fullness and i can hear my own voice in a distorted way (autophony can vary during the day). Both these sensations disappear when I lie down.
    Given the symptoms my ENT doctor has diagnosed a patulous eustachian tube (but did not do any exams). Due to the presence of catarrh in my middle ear he has also suggested to take a cortison based medicinal for about one week.
    I had already experienced a distorted hearing of my voice in the past, the first time many years ago, but it has always lasted a few seconds and has happened very seldom.
    I am supposed to fly to the United States (from Italy) within four days and i wonder if my recovery could be impaired by such a long flight. Has anyone experienced any similar situation?
    any advice will be very appreciated
    tiziana

     
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    Old 11-18-2009, 10:40 PM   #2
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    Re: patulous eustachian tube after a flight

    that's interesting- i've found that my chronic (4 years now) patulous eustachian tubes feel GOOD flying, rather than worse. (the same with scuba diving- the added pressure seems to hold the tubes closed.) i also find it interesting that he diagnosed such an unusual condition without an exam... a doctor can view the lax state of the opening of the e tube with a scope.

    hopefully your recovery will be much, much shorter than mine! good luck.

     
    Old 11-20-2009, 12:43 AM   #3
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    Re: patulous eustachian tube after a flight

    thank you very much for your reply!
    i have just come back from my trip to the united states. the flights have not caused any troubles to my ears this time. actually, when i got off the plane which brought me from nyc to frankfurt, for the first time after almost one month, my ear was just perfect: no autophony at all. unfortunately, this only lasted a couple of hours, till i got on the second plane which brought me back to italy.
    my doctor said i might suffer from patulous eustachian tube after he noticed that the autophony disappeared when i bent my head forward or when i lie down.
    he suggested me to use otovent, a small device that should equilibrate pressure in my ears, but i have the feeling that i can do better without.

     
    Old 11-20-2009, 06:21 AM   #4
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    Re: patulous eustachian tube after a flight

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    he suggested me to use otovent, a small device that should equilibrate pressure in my ears, but i have the feeling that i can do better without.
    I've done research on this Otovent thing - I called the company who makes it - and it will actually make the PET worse as it is designed to keep the tube open. It's for people/children with chronic ear infections whose tubes do not open and drain properly. Clearly, this device would make it worse for us. I can't imagine a doctor recommending this product to someone with PET.

     
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