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Old 07-28-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Fullness/hearing loss?

Hello. I'm really happy I found this forum, seems like a great deal of nice people here! First, let me introduce myself:

I'm 20 years old, male, living in Sweden, otherwhise healthy, except for the part that I'm a worrysome person(one could say I have slight hypochondria).

However, this problem started bothering me around 3 years ago, and it's been a hell lately , and even if this post will be long, I would appreciate any responses/tips until my scheduled appt(in 1 month).

My problem is one-sided ear fullness, and slight hearing loss in the higher frequencies(particularily 6khz and 8khz), as well as some weird dizzyness, pretty much the same feeling you get from low bloodpressure when you get up from bed too quickly, except I get it when I turn around quickly and such.
I don't have any pain around the ear area, only migraines once every month or so.

I don't have any jaw/neck pain or anything in that area, so I'm not sure if it could be TMJD.

The fullness feeling is hard to describe, I'm not sure it's the usual ear fullness that you get from a cold or such, it's more like I feel the urge to pop that ear, 24/7. Without thinking about it I use my jaw muscles to try to equalize the pressure. It looks really weird when I do it, almost like I press my jaw forward on that side. This doesn't help at all though.

My first thought when I experienced this problem was that my eustachian tube was messing with me, or that I had water/wax inside my ear. I've tried cleaning out possible wax, 5-6 times, no help. I've also tried simple nasalsprays, with no relief.

I've been to a ENT-specialist with this problem, but all she did was a tone audiogram and looked into my ears. The audiogram showed slight difference between the ears, but only 10-15 DB(6khz, 8khz). Both ears were in normal range, actually my "good" ear was extremely good she said. I've scheduled an appt with a new ENT in approx a month, since she didn't take me seriously..

I've been extremely worried that I have an acoustic neuroma(tumour on the hearing/balance-nerve), or even worse, Neurofibramatosis type 2, since I'm in that age... My symptoms seems to be on the spot for this . I'm stupid enough to google on my symptoms, and of course think the worst.

I do realize it's extremely rare, but the "what-if" scares the crap out of me.

I think the problems started around the same time as my wisdom teeth started growing out, but they haven't been troubling me a lot, only slight infections now and then. According to a friend I also have sleep apnea(stop breathing in the sleep, scary I know), maybe related?

I really hope this is only some eustachian tube or dental problem, and not some scary tumour.

I'm sorry for such a long post, I just hope to find some relief/answers while waiting for my ENT appt. I'm really devastated at the moment, and I don't know what else there is to do than wait.. A month seems like 10 years away, as I can barely handle a day with this worry. I can't get my mind off this, and its really tearing my life apart at the moment...

Could this be due to TMJD, maybe I should start looking for a dentist after the ENT appt?

Thank you, thank you, I really appreciate your input.

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Old 08-06-2012, 05:01 AM   #2
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Re: Fullness/hearing loss?

Hi Kojl,

I understand anxiety and your worries. I too had ear pressure in one ear and felt like I had to pop it constantly. At first ear pressure and some dizzies were my only symptoms, but now I have a host of symptoms and the other ear has joined in. I went to multiple ENT's who all told me there was nothing wrong with my ears...that my symptoms were from TMJD. I'm presently in TMJ treatment, but I'm not having much success as the splint I'm wearing is making things worse.
They do have tests for the tumor that you are afraid of having. I think that was one of the first tests my GP did to begin to rule things out. I had an MRI which came back completely normal. I tend to be a person who worries and fears the worst, so I do understand how that can really consume you.
If all checks out with your ENT, you might want to go for TMJ eval...just keep in mind that many dentists do not understand TMJ, so often it takes many so called TMJ specialists to find the right one. Keep us posted and good luck.

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