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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hi All. About a month ago, I had a really bad ear infection. The pain was really bad, and I had to take 400mg ibuprofen regularly so that it was manageable. I also could not hear from my ear, and there was really bad tinnitus. About a week later, the pain was subsiding, but my hearing was still blocked. Another week later, my hearing gradually returned, but even now, I do not hear things at full volume.

 

My ear specialist had prescribed antibiotics for 2 weeks, and ear drops. He also checked my ear pressure, and said it was abnormal.

 

Now, it is one month later. The pain is gone, and hearing is significantly better, but the tinnitiis is still there. In fact, it is getting worse. I did not particularly like my ear specialist, and he is on vacation, so I think it might be a good time to get a second opinion.

 

I am very worried that I may have done some permanent damage to my ear. I really do not want to live with tinnitus for the rest of my life, and since I know that the cause of the tinnitus is the infection, it makes me angrier that it could have been resolved. Am I worrying unnecessarily, or is there a chance that the tinnitus is permanent? I had meant to check with another ear doctor last week, but I was busy with work, so I will have to go this week.

 

Right now, I am just concerned that the tinnitus will stay. It is very annoying! I don't know if I am over-reacting, but I am very worried about it.

post #2 of 22

I am not a doctor and I do not play one on TV...

 

I remember reading somewhere that some strong antibiotics can affect hearing.  That's kind of a d@mned in you do, d@mnded if you don't situation - if someone needs the strong antibiotics then they better take them, but the antibiotics may have their own issues.

 

I have lived with tinnitus for several years - it's particularly bad in the evening when I am tired and I have been hitting the caffeine hard all day (like right now!).  Sorry - I haven't got any answers for you - other than to say that if you want to see a different doctor, then go see a different doctor.  It doesn't matter whether your normal guy is in town or not - you don't owe him anything and if you don't like him, then go elsewhere.  You should tell the new doctor everything that has previously happened - don't hide anything.  That doesn't mean you have to tell the new doc that you didn't like the old doc - if they ask, you can always just say that the new doc was recommended by a coworker, so you decided to switch.

post #3 of 22

I have tinnitus as well but it only comes out when I think about it :D I dunno about you but most time I can just force it out and it'll go away for a while!

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hi; thanks for the comments so far.

 

I went to the doctor yesterday, and the diagnosis was pretty bad. No infection/redness, and no fluid behind the eardrum, so they don't know what is causing the tinnitus.
I told the doctor that I think it is no coincidence that the tinnitus started at the same time as the infection, and she said that it was a likely cause, but right now she does not know why it is persisting.

 

She prescribed a decongestant and a "vitamin" to see if it would improve. She also said I may have to do an MRI to see if there was damage/fluid.

 

I think this is pretty bad. If there is no cause, then why is the tinnitus persisting? I asked her if she believes it will go away, and she mentioned that for younger people like me, it usually does.

post #5 of 22
Do you have crackling noises when you swallow?

It might be swollen Eucastian tubes; the tube that wents your inner ear to the nasal chamber.

I have this problem. Cortisone spray helps (mine is called Nasonex). My doc has it too, he has been using the spray daily for ages.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

Yes; that is one my symptoms, Whenever I swallow, there is a cracking sound in the ear.

 

Again, this has only started with the ear infection. Could it be that my Euchastian tubes became swollen as a result of the infection?

Is it likely to become "unswollen" (I don't know the proper term).

post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

Do you have crackling noises when you swallow?
It might be swollen Eucastian tubes; the tube that wents your inner ear to the nasal chamber.
I have this problem. Cortisone spray helps (mine is called Nasonex). My doc has it too, he has been using the spray daily for ages.

 

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Originally Posted by blackbird View Post

Yes; that is one my symptoms, Whenever I swallow, there is a cracking sound in the ear.

 

This is interesting, I have this cracking too but never even gave it any thought. And it's weird you mention swollen tubes ardilla, because sometimes my right ear feels really clogged and sometimes if I smile real wide, it will feel like that ear is almost totally blocked, but return to 'normal' after I stop smiling. I've always attributed it to wax build up, but it normally fixes itself for the most part. Interesting.

 

Also yeah I have tinnitus too, blackbird. I've had it as long as I can remember. I remember as a kid laying in bed, and when it was really quiet I could hear the ringing, and I would wonder what total silence actually sounded like. I never knew because I always had ringing. But I too had real bad ear infections when I was a little kid, and I think they were responsible for the tinnitus, but I'm not sure.


Edited by BrownBear - 7/12/12 at 11:22pm
post #8 of 22

Yep. An infection will often clogg the euchastian tubes. 

 

There is no guarantee they will unclog, althought thids might happen. In my case, they just got clogged (I was listening to some headphones that was a bit treble tilteded. Altough at low to moderate levels, I felt a slight discomfort. I ignored this, and might regret it forever....)

 

I went to an ear an otolaryngologist (Ear/Nose/Throat specialist). I identified my swollen tubes by visual inspection, and told me there was nothing to do about it and that people sometimes got swollen euchastian tubes and that they stayed that way the rest of their life. But not necessarily. Infections, allergy etc might start the condition. I always had narrow tubes, I guess - I easily had painful airplane rides etc. But ot the crackling/ringing issues. 

 

The only cure I found is what my MD told me - cortison spray (as mentioned in my previous post)

 

http://www.wikihow.com/Unclog-the-Inner-Ear-or-Eustachian-Tube

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Originally Posted by blackbird View Post

Yes; that is one my symptoms, Whenever I swallow, there is a cracking sound in the ear.

 

Again, this has only started with the ear infection. Could it be that my Euchastian tubes became swollen as a result of the infection?

Is it likely to become "unswollen" (I don't know the proper term).

post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 

That is very unfortunate news. It sounds like I may be stuck with this for the rest of my life. :(

 

If I did not have this condition ever, before the ear infection, and now the infection is gone, why would the tinnitus stay? That really is the biggest dilemma for me.

 

All signs point to my e. tubes being clogged (my doc. mentioned that was a possibility, hence the decongestant), but so far the meds have not helped.

post #10 of 22
My theory is that the tubes gets stuck in a swollen state, and that people with already narrow tubes are predisposed for this. I think nobody knows..

If this really is your problem you might expect that you will have a persistent issue with this, but that it will vary in quantity.

You should really try a Cortisol spray for several months. If it works you should just keep on using it, according to my doc, who its doing this himself.
Edited by ardilla - 7/19/12 at 7:36am
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

My theory is that the tubes gets stuck in a swollen state, and that people with already narrow tubes are predisposed for this. I think nobody knows..

If this really is your problem you might expect that you will have a persistent issue with this, but that it will vary in quantity.

You should really try a Cortisol spray for several months. If it works you should just keep on using it, according to my doc, who its doing this himself.

Can you please give link where can I buy it

post #12 of 22

It's prescription drug, at least where I live. I use Nasonex, but there are different brands in different countries. 

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Originally Posted by musicinmymind View Post

Can you please give link where can I buy it

post #13 of 22

Taking supplemental zinc, magnesium, and B vitamins might help decrease tinnitus. Listening to music at too high volumes might be a cause, or vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies might be a cause. Many people are deficient in zinc and magnesium as well as B vitamins and vitamin c. I guess rinsing the ears with peroxide solutions might help heal an infection. The Murine earwax removal kit for example uses a peroxide solution(I think it is 6% in glycerine, which might be much better than the 3% peroxide solutions in water. There are other things you can take to help heal an infection if antibiotics don't work. You could try taking olive leaf extract, raw garlic, echinacea and goldenseal, and oil of oregano.

post #14 of 22

Hi everyone...i have the same problem...i have this noise that comes from my right ear...i have been in the hospital for 2 weeks and i was found with an ear infection-like problem..i had maxylary sinusitis which was found during the tomography...i dont drink or consume any kinds of things...but sometimes the noise is much worse and i feel like a pressure in my middle ear..(i dont have damage at my inner ear)...no blood pressure above normal..(120 ; 60, 75-80 pulses/min) only this infection...and when i press against my ear , or put my finger in the ear it becomes louder, also i have ear pain right next to the eardrum...i am going to speak to another doctor but until then i wanna know if it`s possible that i could live with this sound all my life...or that it will pass in a few months or years or maybe after this infection will go away...i`m starting to get worried so if anyone knows anything please reply as quickly as possible..ps: sorry for my bad english.

post #15 of 22

Sorry to hear anout that. How loud is the noise?

 

I have a noise that is coming and going, it generally has gotten better lately. 

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