Hi cineman, many thanks for your words of advice. So I went back to the ENT a few days ago and told him how miserable I was feeling and wanted it removed. He was sympathetic and told me to wait a further few weeks - that reversing the procedure so soon would be totally the wrong thing to do. He sucked out more liquid from around the grommet, put me on high cortisone, more antibiotic drops etc. He also scheduled me in for an MRI to check there was nothing suspect behind the inner ear (I told him the tinnitus was driving me insane). That will take place Weds. But anyway, the good news is the ear seems less 'angry' now, and whilst it's still blocked if I close my right ear, the tinnitus seems to be a little softer and less disruptive. I've no idea if this is just my brain adjusting or not, and it still worries me I'm never going to get my hearing back properly here. This morning I was lying in bed with my wife and she said it was raining outside - I couldn't hear it and that got me down big time. Anyway, I'll give it some more time and see how things progress. Take care all.View Thread
Thanks a lot cineman and seattlegirl. So reading through your comments it sounds as though having the grommet removed sooner rather than later may be the best bet. Day 7 now and no improvement in the interim. Left ear totally muffled and constant tinnitus. Easter weekend has been a real struggle socialising with family and friends. I've read in the interim that 50% of adults have their grommets removed within a month of insertion due to the same problems! Cant wait until i see the ENT again on Wednesday.
Hi all, just thought I'd add to this as I've read through all the previous comments and they've been a great help.
I'm 44 years old, active and in very good health, but have always been plagued by ear infections, usually triggered by colds / flying. Long story short, I had a very bad middle ear infection a couple of months ago, great pain, perforated eardrum etc. Antibiotics, drops, cortisone etc cleared the infection but the fullness and muffled sound in my left ear was still there after 3-4 weeks. It was driving me crazy in both my social life and at work where I started putting off client meetings and presentations as my concentration levels and confidence was stuffed.
Went back to the ENT who said there was fluid in the middle ear that wasn't draining and that I could either wait a couple of months to see if it cleared or put in a grommet in to drain it manually. I'd heard that this was a regular procedure in kids and he said it was a minor operation under general anesthetic so based on the above I said go for it.
Woke up from the operating theatre a few days ago and many of the same symptoms described on previous posts. Firstly, my hearing is much worse than it was previously and the fullness of ear still there. Noises going on around me sound surreal and blurred together. If I enter a crowded room or there's background noise I struggle to distinguish individual voices. Worst of all, I have a constant tinnitus in my left ear like a tuning fork that prevents me from concentrating on anything. It's getting me down big time, I'm short of temper at home (my poor wife and kids) and work is suffering more than ever.
So what to do. I'm desperately hoping things get better here, and from reading through these posts it's not overly encouraging! Already called the surgeon who said give it time, and I've an appointment with him on Weds to check things out. But already I fell like I want the damn thing removed and back to the way things were - certainly I can't wait another few months as I've basically put my life and work on hold. And as others have said, you look fine on the outside so unless you whinge to all and sundry people they assume nothing of it!
I truly feel for everyone else who's been / is going through the same thing as it's true there's very little on the web related to adult myringotomy and the risks / post op side effects. It seems to be majority related to kids where the consequences appear far less grave.
I'll keep you posted here, for better or worse as I know how I craved for updates reading through all the above.