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Very sore inner ear after grommet insertion
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DJdod posted:
Hi There,

I'm a 25 year old professional DJ and Music producer.

I had a grommet placed in my right ear 3 weeks ago today after suffering from Eustachian tube dysfunction, which I think was caused by frequent flying.

The surgeon who gave me the consultation a few weeks before the operation assured me that after 24-28 hours after the grommet was placed in my ear, I could go back to producing music immediately. However, this hasn't been the case. I'm 3 weeks on and my ear is more painful then ever.

My hearing in the right hear has doubled which is a great thing, but every time I listen to music it's very painful. It feels like someone has a pin deep inside my ear. The tinnitus has also got very bad, I can hear two different tones in my ear, one high and one low. When i'm not listening to music the pain eases but the tinnitus is still bad. Sometimes even people speaking next to me hurts.

I wear professionally molded ear plugs with a 15k cut when I DJ to protect my ears but recently this has made the pain worse.

I went to my GP a few days before I went on a small tour in Canada and she gave me amoxicillin in case I felt like there was an infection coming on. I took the antibiotics when I was on tour as the pain got really bad.

When I got back a few days ago I insisted on seeing the ENT specialist to fix the problem - If I would have known I would still be suffering i wouldn't have gone ahead with the operation. I was seen by the ENT specialist today (after walking into the hospital as they said they couldn't fit me in till Nov) and he insisted that the grommet placement looks perfect and my ear drum has taken to it nicely but he didn't have an answer for the pain when listening to music. I asked him if taking the grommet out would help and he didn't have an answer for that either. Obviously being a DJ, my ears are important to me and I asked about the risks of having it taken out. He said I could get a perforated ear drum or be left with a hole, which I wasn't prepared to risk. So I left the ENT specialist not feeling any better about the situation at all. He said to keep taking ibuprofen and paracetamol to ease the pain and cut down on inflammation.

I'm about to embark on my biggest tour to date for 3 weeks in October in the US where i'll be playing a show every night and I need to get this sorted before I leave. I also have 5 shows before the start of the tour (starts 2nd oct).

PLEASE HELP! If you can advise me on what I should/shouldn't be doing to help speed up the process of my ear recovering that would be great.

Thank you in advance!

Dan
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