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Chronic Eustachian Tube Dysfunction Symptoms
korsnessj posted:
About 6 months ago, I got a feeling of fullness in my ears accompanied by buzzing during loud noises and the constant need to re-pressurize my sinuses (as if I was on an airplane). These symptoms have persisted for without the slightest relief for these last 6 months. I am popping my ears constantly, because the moment I achieve any sort of clarity in my ears, they "fill-up" again. As of the last 4 or 5 days, it has been significantly worse, and I can no longer pop my ears. When I plug my nose and create pressure in my ears, there's just a sort of sloshing noise and some pain that is mostly dull, but sometimes acute. Thus far, I have been treated with prescription sudafed, prescription flonase, and now I'm on a low salt diet and a diuretic. The latter is intended to check for meniere's disease, which runs in my family. (Also, I went through a number of audiology tests for hearing and eardrum movement, and there was apparently nothing out of the ordinary) As I have experienced no relief of any kind from these treatments, I recognize that getting tubes is the likely next step. But considering the risks involved with getting tubes as an adult, I'm willing to consider any and all suggestions as to relieving these symptoms. Thanks everyone for your time!
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Tubes are used for chronic ETD, but not everyone achieves those optimum results after tubes are inserted. I am assuming you are seeing an ENT. If not, this is your next step. If you are, then consider getting a second opinion from another ENT.

You have tried most of the non-surgical ways of dealing with ETD. While this condition is notoriously difficult to treat in some people, it would be good to confirm that you do not have an inner ear disorder that can mimic ETD.

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