I am 57 years old and have had ear infections my whole life. I had and still have chronic infections. Going to the mountains and flying were unbearable until I started getting tubes in both ears about 27 years ago. I can't count how many sets of tubes I've had. Anyway, both of my eardrums are ruptured and I consider that a blessing because I no longer need tubes to fly and have no pain when going to the mountains. The problem is this: I have chronic ear infections and tested 2 months ago with "mild hearing loss". I have an ear infection now that is not responding to the antibiotics. I can't take regular ear drops because the pain is so bad when using them, my entire right side of my face hurts for several hours. My ENT prescribes Tobradex (eyedrops) instead and it usually works fine.
My main question is this: What are the complications of longlasting ear infections that don't heal. My perforations in both ears are permanent. AND should I get them patched? I don't want to.