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Re: plugged ear

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Posted by Ann on June 23, 2000 at 16:39:44:

In Reply to: plugged ear posted by danielle on June 21, 2000 at 20:08:49:

Of course, many things could be causing your problem, and the best thing to do is start with
your primary physician and explain your situation. I had a sinus infection a few months ago and
after taking a round of antibiotics, awoke one Sunday with a plugged head! There was
stuffiness and ringing. The right ear eventually became unplugged, but the left ear continued to
be plugged and was ringing. The doctor recommended I take a decongestant for one week,
so maybe that won't hurt you to do. It didn't work for me. He then prescribed a round of
steroids which didn't work either. The next step was the ENT. He recommended an MRI,
which I did, and it came back negative. The end result, they couldn't find anything and these
things happen. The ENT said people come to see him often for these kinds of "mysterious"
sudden hearing loss (if that's in fact what you have). I had a hearing test and the left ear
definitely noted a hearing loss. So now, with nothing obviously wrong present, I had to decide
what to do. I did read somewhere that the B vitamin Niacin helps with circulation, so I started
taking about 500 mg. a day and it helped take away the ringing and fullness but I still can't hear
well out of the left ear when speaking on the telephone only. The rest of the time, it's ok, so I
guess I can't complain. Ask about the Niacin. My primary doctor did have me take a blood test
to monitor liver function because I guess too much Niacin could potentially pose a liver problem
but that is when you take 1,000 mg. I never took that much.

Good luck and write back with what happens.

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