I had a tube inserted in one ear because I was going to be flying and I had a lot of pressure in my ear. I suffer from many food allergies and my sinuses are usually inflamed. I did not have any fluid in the ear. After taking prednisone for 6 days the sinus inflammation seemed to be better, but the ear was diagnosed as ETD. Since the tube insertion I have a feeling of fullnes that comes and goes, constant noise that sounds like a hissing, which also gets louder or lower but never ceases, and I was diagnosed with nerve damage that can never be restored resulting in a hearing loss.
It has been just about a month now. I can accept the hearing loss, but I'm wondering if the hissing and fullness will ever go away. It seems when I take Claritin D and Ibuprofen the symptoms aren't as bad, although they still don't totally go away. My doc is now wanting to do balloon sinuplasty for my sinuses. He seems to want to move on from the ear problems to the sinus situation. I don't want any complications from that procedure, so I am starting to consider not doing that. I have had an MRI and CAT scan and everything is normal.
I have read on this site about people with nerve damage that get shots and the hearing is somewhat restored. My ENT says once you have nerved damage that's it. Nothing will restore it.
Do you think I need more time for the hissing and fullness to abate. It's been one month.
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I have been thinking about a second opinion. I am in Houston, Tx and I believe my ENT is also affiliated with UT. He has also been voted as one of the top ENT by his peers for several years.
I was actually thinking of going the other route. Maybe an ENT with a smaller practice that would start from the beginning. I feel as if the other doctor has just run out of options, or really isn't paying as much attention to my case as he should.
Thanks for the reply. My ENT feels as if the tinnitus isn't related to the tube. He says there is really nothing he can do about that and he doesn't know the cause. I think it's strange that the tinnitus started with the sinus infection, before the tube was placed. The nerve damage, hearing loss, and tinnitus all happened together. I don't really know when. I am guessing that sometime right before the sinus episode, and it was masked by the sinus inflammation. There was no fluid in the ear when the tube was placed. My family doctor put me on prednisone which must have cleared up the fluid and some sinus inflammation. I then went to the ENT because of the ringing, fullness, etc. He put the tube in so I could fly. He thought I had ETD. The ENT believes a virus migrated or it's from an old blow to the head...which I have never experienced. His main objective now is to do the balloon procedure which I am not really interested in. Yes, from the CAT SCAN my sinuses appear to be all gray and supposedly need to be opened up, but taking Claritin D and using Flonase seems to be working where I feel no pressure or pain. Would opening the sinuses up have anything to do with helping the tinnitus? According to my ENT none of these procedures have any lasting side effects. You just get up and go. After all of the problems with the tube, I am not looking for any suprises from the balloon procedure. I guess that's why I am hesitant to have it done.
It seems as if most concur that tinnitus is a medical mystery, and there is no fix for it. That's why I was thinking of going the route of the hearing aid to mask the sound. The worst time for the tinnitus is when I am trying to watch t.v.. It gets very tinny sounding and seems to be louder. During the day when I am busy and there are other noises around it isn't as bothersome.
So, your advice would be to skip the hearing aid for that problem?View Thread
No, I am not on any kind of ear drops. It's been about 6 weeks now since I've had the tube in. I feel as if the swelling has gone down somewhat, but I still have the ringing which I am assuming is from the nerve damage. The strangest thing is when I shake my head up and down I hear can hear what seems to be air trapped in my ear. It almost sounds like when you are on a plane and your ear clogs. When you blow or hold your nose to clear the ear it feels as if air rushes through and unpops the ear. Why would this happen on the tube side when I shake my head. The audiologist could not do pressure tests on that side since I have the tube.
Did I read somewhere on one of your posts that you can get hearing aids to get rid of the static/ringing noise? I can deal with the mild hearing loss, but the noise is so annoying.View Thread
Thanks for your reply. After reading the other discussion on tube insertion problems I am confused as to why people experience the fullness feeling, noise issues and other symptoms. Is it because of the trauma to the eardrum? The most puzzling question to me is why the symptoms vary so much over periods of time.....ringing increases or decreases.....fullness comes and goes. If there is trauma to the eardrum I would think it is either slowly getting better, which explains the variations, or staying the same and not fluctuating from good to bad to worse and back to good. Is there an explanation for this, or maybe it's just happening to me. It's been about a month for me since I've had the tube put in . The noise has changed several times and the fullness seems to not always be present, but it's not gone either.