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I hear an echo in my left ear
An_242351 posted:
I am a 30 yr old woman that is experiencing an echo in my left ear. My own voice echoes, as does the tv, radio etc. This just started a few hours ago and it's driving me crazy already! I haven't had any prior ear pain or hearing issues. The only thing I can figure is its related to the ibuprofen I just took for menstrual cramps. Normally I would take 400 mg but I took 600 mg. I've seen on other boards that tinnitus can be caused by aspirin. Should this issue go away?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
An echo is not tinnitus.....a common cause would be PET (patulous eustachian tubes). The e-tubes are normally closed, and only open briefly when we swallow. In PET, the tubes are open, so you will hear an echo or your own voice.

Most cases of PET will resolve in time without any treatment, but unfortunately, not all cases. If it persists, you will need to see an ENT. It is not possible to predict how long these annoying symptoms will last.

It is okay to take 600mg of ibuprofen if you is safe.
jodyg replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
I have echo in my ear from others voices and tv not my voice echos
It has been 3 days, I have no congestion or sinus problems. My chilchren have been coughing and congested. Should I see a Dr. ? This is driving me crazy.
I have taken claritinD and rinsed my ear with 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 distilled vinegar. Any other suggestions.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to jodyg's response:
Jody, it is not likely your problem is in your external ear canal where you are putting the alcohol and distilled vinegar solution. This would only help swimmer's ear and you apparently have no symptoms to suggest this problem.

Based on your symptoms alone (i can't examine you), you may have an issue with your Eustachian tubes (read about Patulous Eustachian Tubes -PET). This problem can just self-resolve, but there is really no way to know when, or even, if this will happen. If you do have PET, this is not an easy problem to medically treat, so seeing an ENT if it does not resolve is your best bet. It has only been three days, you could wait it out a bit longer, but again, I have no way of specifically diagnosing you over the Interent, let alone predict outcome. There is nothing over the counter that would likely help.
kittipping responded:
Hi could you please tell me if you got rid of this. I had a cold and listened to stupid internet advice and pressed my fingers on the side of my nose and blew down, it stopped the hurting but now i have the same as you an echo in my ear. I see you posted a year ago so i want to now if it has gone away.

Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I don't believe that taking a normal adult dose (600 mg to 800 mg) of ibuprofen would cause the symptoms you are experiencing.

There is a good chance that you have PET - Patulous Eustachian Tubes -- the e-tubes are in the "open" position (hence, the echo and hearing your own voice). Most of the time (hopefully in you case) this will resolve, but there are no specific treatments for this that you can do at home. If it persists, you may need to see an ENT specialists.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to kittipping's response:
John, every person is different when it comes to PET. Anbohter person's experience would not be applicable to you for this condition. Depending on the duration of your symptoms, you may need to see an ENT. Unfortunately, this can be a very difficult condition to medically treat.
Tinay replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
I hear an echo in my left ear too just 4 hours to go should this go away? do have any things to do its really drive me crazy, thanks
parmarnehaa replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
I am also having echo problem in my right ear from more then 6 months but its not continuous. generally it happens when I shift my head and look on left side, at that time my right ear gives me the echo problem. it goes away when i look on different direction or strongly inhale throgh my nose. i don't have cold but i had an ear infection a year back with eaching in the ear and flacks were comming out from the ear. This infection problem is still there and it keeps comming back if i stop meadicines and ear drops.
Can you please advice what causing this echo problem. it is hard to ignore and kind of irritating. Does my ear infection causing that? I had an audiography done but reports were normal. my ENT doc is telling me to ignore it but it happens everytime when i look on leftside.
I am not sure how to resolve this and get rid of this. Please advice.
thedollshouse replied to Tinay's response:
I hope for you it is gone by now!
I had the same problem this afternoon and got rid of by pure chance.
I covered my left ear with my hand while laying on the bed on my left side, watching a movie and trying to forget about the horrible noise, I spent almost 2 hours like that.
To my surprise, when took my hand off my ear, the echo was gone, I hope it lasts this way.
I'm sorry if it sounds a little weird but it really really worked for me and I thought I had to share it.
ps: sorry for my english and my bad way of explaining things.
laurak66 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Hi Dr. Rod

I have been having severe echoing and pain in my right ear for several months now. I have been seen by a primary care physician and ENT. Neither can figure out what is wrong and what is causing the pain/echo. They have tried ear drops and allergy meds, neither worked. In fact, the drops only seemed to make it worse. They also administered a hearing test and found that I have lost some hearing in that ear. Other than having tubes put in 2x as an infant, I haven't had any major ear problems up until recently. My ENT has advised me to get an MRI. Any suggestions? Does this sound like PET as you stated above?

leytonm responded:
I'm a 14 year old male, and I got hit in the right ear during a basketball game, now my left ear echo's and my right is hard to hear out of, any thoughts?

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