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Maybe a development or not. Finding it harder to freely move the tissue inside of my ear; to make the ear crackle at will. Will it stick... Sep 23, 2021 at 9:35 PM

    1. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Maybe a development or not. Finding it harder to freely move the tissue inside of my ear; to make the ear crackle at will. Will it stick...
      1. Damocles
        Damocles
        This is a question for the guys at Will It Blend
        Sep 23, 2021 at 10:48 PM
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      2. Damocles
        Damocles
        Heard they might be branching out into Will It Stick in the near future.
        Sep 23, 2021 at 10:48 PM
    2. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      The pain in my right ear has been much better these past few months. Not having to constantly take pain killers is nice..
      1. Damocles
        Damocles
        Which painkillers were you taking @Gareth Davies? (if you don't mind me asking).
        Sep 6, 2021
      2. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Nothing serious. Just good old ibuprofen. I toyed with the idea of taking stronger items, but the possible side-effects worried me :S
        Sep 6, 2021
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      3. Damocles
        Damocles
        Cheers @Gareth Davies. Currently suffering from back pain and might need to take some kind of pain remedy myself.

        If the paracetamol doesn't do anything, then ibuprofen it is.
        Sep 6, 2021
    3. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      One year down, hopefully not too many more to go :S
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      2. PrayForMe
        PrayForMe
        if you dont mind me asking how much did you pay for it i dont want to pay for it and them just waste my time and not do the relevant test
        Aug 3, 2021
      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        My eardrums were healthy. You can have ETD with healthy eardrums - mine are fine for example. The test was offered first thing with my private ETD - didn’t have to ask. Definitely look for a different private hospital in that case! It was around £100-200 I believe for the test and initial appointment.
        Aug 4, 2021
      4. PrayForMe
        PrayForMe
        thats acc not to bad might consider it
        Aug 5, 2021
    4. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I will say one positive about T. Just ONE. It gives you an excellent gauge to measure against other bad things that may happen in life.
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      2. Lurius
        Lurius
        But T always comes out as the worst possible thing to me :(
        Jun 24, 2021
      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Tinnitus is one of the worst. But it makes other bad things seem...less bad by comparison. Not as important to worry about or get scared over. It’s difficult (not impossible, but difficult) to ‘up the ante’.
        Jun 25, 2021
    5. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Resisting the temptation to take ibuprofen daily at this point...but worried about long term side-effects :S
      1. Stacken77
        Stacken77
        @Gareth Davies I may be completely wrong, but I believe I've read that acetaminophen(Tylenol) are a safer alternative than ibuprofen with regards to hearing damage, but I may be wrong. If I REALLY have to take a painkiller at some point in the future, I'll use acetaminophen, but of course, it's best if we can avoid it all together.
        Jun 24, 2021
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      2. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Thanks for the advice :)
        Jun 25, 2021
    6. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Ear continues to feel like it’s inhabited by Flubber. At least it’s a stable noise.
    7. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      My ear rarely pops anymore (fingers crossed); unless I deliberately force air into my E-tube. I’ll take it as an step in the right direction
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      2. Tezcatlipoca
        Tezcatlipoca
        How long did it took you?
        May 25, 2021
      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Since early July 2020 - so about 11 months.
        May 25, 2021
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    8. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      A good, old walk in the rain :)
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    9. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      @Steph1710 Hope you get better soon! :) Sounded painful!
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      2. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Cheers Gareth. Foot is still very painful, but it has only been three and half days - I’m just bored and impatient haha!
        Apr 21, 2021
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    10. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Is there any consensus on which is the safest vaccine for T sufferers? I’m hearing bad things about Pfizer.
      1. Diesel
        Diesel
        No problems with 1st dose of Pfizer
        Apr 19, 2021
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    11. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Going to ask my ENT if they can arrange a micro camera into my E-tube, and record the results - maybe get some answers on the tissue lining.
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      2. martinberryhorse
        martinberryhorse
        I did this but without a camera, you have a good idea. Just make sure the doctor is all in and understands what you want. Mine half assed it, I was in a lot of pain which he decided was reason to abort the procedure and he just went half way down for a second, came back out and said he didn't see anything which I don't think was very accurate.
        Apr 11, 2021
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Thanks for the advice!
        Apr 11, 2021
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    12. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Had my MRI - I think the machine was a later model, so it wasn't as loud as I dreaded. (No spike from the procedure. Wore ear defenders.)
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      2. Forever hopeful
        Forever hopeful
        I’m having mine in an open bore MRI machine which means I won’t be in the tube. Looks more like a doughnut. It’s supposed to be a lot quieter. Do you mind if I ask was yours of your head?
        Apr 6, 2021
      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Interesting; never heard of that type of MRI machine before. Yep - just my head.
        Apr 6, 2021
      4. Forever hopeful
        Forever hopeful
        That is awesome and it only took a few minutes. I’ve only had them of my lower extremities and they’ve always taken so much longer.
        Apr 7, 2021
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    13. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Surprise MRI appointment letter, the day after my birthday!? :o
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    14. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Ah, Alister, why must you wiggle and hurt me so :( I thought we were coming around. Becoming friends even. Well, more cider for me, I guess.
    15. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I’ve invested in a re-useable gel pack and am going to be doing a bit of heat / ice therapy from now on. Strapping it on is a bit fiddly :S
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    16. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I’m thinking of giving the living dough octopus in my ear a name. I’m thinking Greg... Any other suggestions?
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      2. Charburchar
        Charburchar
        Old Greg +1
        Mar 18, 2021
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      3. Bill Bauer
        Bill Bauer
        Alister
        Mar 19, 2021
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      4. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        I like the suggestion haha
        Mar 19, 2021
    17. shasta0863
      shasta0863
      Did the balloon solve the low frequency vibrating hum/ spasm you talked about? I think I have something similar.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        There's still movement in my E tube - i.e. tissue randomly sliding around, spasms, etc - BUT it's a lot less aggressive than before the operation. It kind of feels like my head is full of marshmallows. (Now I hope natural healing will solve the rest of the problem.)
        Feb 28, 2021
    18. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Every day I am grateful that lofi music exists. It’s not silence, but combined with masking, it’s the bronze medal to it. It’s something.
    19. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Inside of my head feels wet. That's new.
      1. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Ah that's so annoying. :-/ I've had this awful hair on back of tongue sensation for over two weeks. It has driven me to tears. I can't get rid of it. :( Hope apart from the 'wet feeling' that everything else is okay?
        Feb 12, 2021
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      2. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        It’s not terrible; it seems to come and go :o
        That’s horrible Steph - I’m sorry :( I really hope it’s a just passing thing and it will go away soon ;)
        Yes, thanks - the T does seem less “relentlessly” aggressive compared to before the operation. Sleep is easier. Just gotta keep watching and waiting.
        Feb 13, 2021
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    20. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Insides of the post-surgery ear feel weirdly, erm... cold? Not freezing but pretty darn chilly. Like someone left a fridge door open. Odd.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Maybe I'm reading into nothing. It ~could~ be air travelling through the E tube for the first time in months..hmmm. Noooo idea :)
        Feb 11, 2021
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    21. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Back from surgery. No immediate improvement but have been advised by my doctor that the majority take 1-3 months to notice the benefit.
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Thanks Pray. Yes, just got to wait, wonder and hope :)
        They don’t hurt, no.
        Feb 13, 2021
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      4. Jrblovsky
        Jrblovsky
        Did this help? My right ear is constantly blocked and I'm considering this procedure. I'm still convinced my low roaring is from this, not menieres
        Feb 14, 2021
      5. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        It moderately helped - my tinnitus is quieter. However, I still have ETD symptoms at this point in time. Doctor said to wait 1-3 months.
        Feb 15, 2021
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    22. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Surgery is in 8-12 hours...let’s see how this goes.
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      2. DaysToWaste
        DaysToWaste
        wish you easy recovery Gareth!
        Feb 3, 2021
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Thank you! :)
        Feb 3, 2021
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      4. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Oh my goodness gareth! I hope it went/has gone well!? I'll be thinking of you. <3
        Feb 4, 2021
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    23. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      If tinnitus has taught me anything, it’s how to be patient (among a few other things). Or perhaps just endurance. Sheer bloody endurance.
      1. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Definitely endurance and resilience.
        Feb 1, 2021
    24. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Crazy levels of movement and vibration in my head. Tinnitus is currently piercing - like ultra oscillating glass. Can’t sleep.
      1. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        It also hurts like heck. Popping my ear helps for a second. Sod this I’m watching Netflix! >:/
        Jan 30, 2021
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    25. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      My head feels like a washing machine set to max spin rotation. It’s kind of fun. Kinda.
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      2. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Enjoy it my wacky friend. ;)
        Jan 29, 2021
    26. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      I know this question has been asked a billion times, but is hearing your ear crackle (regardless of infections) when you swallow normal?
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      2. Drachen
        Drachen
        I'm almost certain it is because this has always been something I've experienced. If I'm not mistaken, this is just normal behavior of your eustachian tube. It's very likely something that you just never noticed before now because you had no need to concern yourself over your ears.
        Jan 19, 2021
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      3. Drachen
        Drachen
        Then again, I might be misunderstanding what you mean by "crackle". It's hard to really relay what exactly entails a sound with words.
        Jan 19, 2021
      4. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        It’s like someone briefly rolling up bubble wrap or squashing Rice-Krispies. I’ve done some more reading, and it does seem to be a normal thing.
        Jan 19, 2021
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    27. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      The spasms make it feel like someone is always dancing on my head.
    28. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Operation was tomorrow - less than 24 hours. Now it’s been delayed by another three weeks...great.
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      3. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Perspective is always a useful commodity. Thank you Steph. That is terrible news regarding your delay; I’m sorry :(
        Jan 13, 2021
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      4. Steph1710
        Steph1710
        Thanks Gareth. I just hate the way covid has slowed everything down. I'm hoping it's done this year.
        Jan 13, 2021
      5. PrayForMe
        PrayForMe
        sorry to hear that. I was just coming on here to ask u how it is going!
        Jan 18, 2021
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    29. Charbee
      Charbee
      Hi Gareth, did you have the balloon inflation done? Hope you are keeping well.
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      2. Gareth Davies
        Gareth Davies
        Hi Charbee; not yet.
        However, it is close now - less than a week in fact.
        I'm pretty nervous, but looking forward to the day with a hopeful mind.
        (I'll be posting the result once I've recovered from the operation.)
        Jan 9, 2021
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    30. Gareth Davies
      Gareth Davies
      Here’s hoping to a better year.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Tinnitus Since:
    03/07/2020
    Cause of Tinnitus:
    Middle Ear Infection & ETD