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    Old 09-07-2017, 07:08 AM   #1
    Jacktorrance
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    Blockage? ETD?

    Hello all,

    10 weeks ago I developed a perforated ear drum in my left ear. This hasnít healed by itself and will likely require surgery. Hearing hasnít been affected.

    Last week I was in Malaysia in a very hot and humid climate. I felt a wax build up in my non-perforated, right ear. I (stupidly) used a cotton bud to try and clear it out but blocked it completely. The hearing reduced immediately.

    I used olive oil to try and remove the wax and, on my penultimate day in Malaysia, bought some drops to clear the wax. The ear was still blocked when I boarded the first of 2 flights back to the UK.

    2 days after arriving home and using the drops all of the wax came out of the right ear but I still experienced the hearing loss along with some pretty significant tinnitus.

    Itís now 5 days later and no recovery of the hearing or tinnitus. If I stretch my ear lobe out I hear better and when using headphones I hear perfectly in both ears.

    Does anyone have any idea what might be going on? I wondered whether it might be Eustachian Tube Dysfunction or Middle Ear Effusion - Iím taking decongestant pills but theyíre not having any effect.

    I have an ENT consultation booked but itís 8 weeks away and Iím concerned that irrevocable hearing damage might occur if I donít do something before.

    Thanks all.

     
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