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Blocked Eustachian Tubes, Cannot have Myringotomy/Tympanoplasty
rosamhernandez posted:
Hello all, I have had middle ear issues since I was a child. I had my tonsils removed when I was two, had 5 more surgeries to instert ear tubes until I was 12. Needless to say, my hearing has never been "normal", I am the loud one in the group, have always been known in the family for being the "deaf one".

In the last 4 weeks I have experienced severe hearing loss as well and dizziness, vertigo, and extreme tinnitus. I "hear" everything twice, like I am in a cave or a small room, I hear the echo of what I am saying, almost like feedback. Due to this I have raging headaches all the time. My ENT has done a CT scan & a nasal endoscopy and has told me my eustachian tubes are blocked (fluid in there) BUT I am not a candidate for another set of ear tubes because my eardrums are too thin (from repeated surgeries) and there is risk that they will not heal and/or cannot bear the weight of the ear tube. His suggestion is that I get hearing aides and leave the fluid in the ears.

This is not a suggestion I am happy with since my vertigo/dizziness is very bad and the headaches are getting worse as the days go by. I would like to know if there is another way to get the fluid out of the Eustachian tubes that does not involve puncturing the eardrums?

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