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I can't hear anything ear infection
dubya7783 posted:

I have been sick for a little over 3 weeks. It never felt serious in the beginning, but after 2 weeks of not being able to hear due to my ears being clogged up I went to see a doctor. He put me on amoxicillan, steroids, and atrovent. The antibiotics did kill something quick. My lymphnodes shrunk within 2 or 3 days, and the nasty infected taste when I coughed went away. Now 5 days later, and 2 days worth of pills left, my ears are still completely clogged. Also, I am coughing more in the morning lately. I am uninsured, and getting nervous. My hearing is affecting my work, and the cough early in the morning makes it so I can not breath so great. What do I do, if I finish my antibiotics, and my ears are still stuffed, but I can tell the infection is gone? Do you worry about the fact that there is still fluid in your ear, and that can get infected again? You probably hear this all the time...... but I am just sick and tired of being sick and tired........ Any answers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
As you know, insurance or not, I have absolutely no way of examining your ears to know if your hearing loss is due to residual fluid form your prior infection. As a matter of fact, I don't know if you had a middle ear infection in the first place -- you didn't say, or your doctor didn't tell you. Your ears may be clogged due to ETD - Eustachian Tube Dysfunction, but this is only a blind guess.

Since we really don't have a clear diagnosis, I would suggest that you CALL the doctor that treated you, explain your financial constraints, and ask for some patient specific suggestions on how you should proceded -- at least this doctor can rely on his medical notes to determine what he thinks is going on with your hearing.

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