Glue Ear?

Discussion in 'Support' started by mick1987, Mar 21, 2015.

    1. mick1987
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      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
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      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Hi guys,

      Last night my ears went severely stuffy/pressurised and my tinnitus went through the roof! I woke up today and it's still the same. Ears blocked, tinnitus a lot louder, I spoke to a doctor over the phone and he said it sounds like glue ear, which makes sense because I had some fluid behind my eardrum over a month ago.

      Anyway he has told me to try and pop my ears to help clear it (valsalva maneuver) but I'm a little nervous to try that because failed attempts a couple of years ago resulted in my then tinnitus going super severe for 6 hours! I vowed never to do that again but it looks like I've got no choice?

      I was also told to try inhaling smelly salts (olbus oil, menthol crystals etc), if that doesn't work I might need grommets in my ears to drain the glue.

      The pressure in my head is intense and my tinnitus is crazy loud! Has anyone any experience of glue ear? Is it safe to do the valsalva maneuver?

      Thanks,

      Mick
       
    2. linearb
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      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      I'd watch out for grommets; I've read questionable things. I wouldn't think they are warrented in an adult unless you have severe problems or they go on and on for a long time.

      My sinuses get gunky in the winter, and I have TMJ -- both of these things conspire to pack my eustachain tubes with garbage. I get a lot of mileage out of neti pots, and steam baths at my gym. I also sleep with a vaporizer running in the bedroom, to keep it all from drying out so much in the night.

      Your T is probably louder because your hearing thresholds are reduced because your ears have fluid in them. This is normal, it has happened to me many times, and it always gets better.
       
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    3. Kevin08
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      Kevin08 Member

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      linearb, how often do you use the NetiPot?
       
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      mick1987
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      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2012
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      So after trying to pop my ears this morning on doctor's advice over the phone (told me it sounded like glue ear) my tinnitus got even louder! It's now fleeting tinnitus loud! I just come back from the hospital/ER because it's gone so crazy, the doctor looked in my ear and said I had an infection... which I replied "I thought it was just glue ear?", and he said it was the same thing? He prescribed me amoxicillin antibiotics which I'm about to take.

      Anyway if the fluid in my middle ear won't drain how will antibiotics help? I will still take them because my tinnitus is now loud!
       
    5. mandi
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      mandi Member Benefactor

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      ear infection
      Amoxicillin is very ototoxic... Do people have a suggestion for a safer antibiotic?
       
    6. Aussie Lea
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      Where did you read it's ototoxic? Amoxicillin should be one of the safest antibiotics.

      I scoured the internet and ones that have "mycin" suffix are bad for ears!
       
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    7. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      I was at the doctor yesterday, he said that I had fluid behind my ear drum. Does this make the tinnitus louder? He said it was clear fluid, not sure what that means either. I was going to ask him these things but I got side tracked as we were talking about so many different things. He is referring me to an ENT regardless but I wish I would have asked him about the fluid. Obviously he doesn't think it's infected as he didn't seem very concerned.
       
    8. Sebastians

      Sebastians Member

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      I had a real nasty spike when i had to take amoxillin for a tooth infection. Seems i'm not the only one. amoxillin may not be as ototoxic but it does mess with your GABA levels and could make your brain hyperactive. So more neurons firing..

      This i also found on the net: http://hearinglosshelp.com/blog/is-augmentin-ototoxic/
       
    9. hurtingdream

      hurtingdream Member Benefactor

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      I have the same thing. It does make tinnitus louder. I went to 2 ENTs and they both said it's ETD.
       
    10. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Thanks. Yeah I kinda figured. I'm starting with steam everyday, I don't know. Have you found anything that helps.

      Also, do you get ear pain with it?
       
    11. hurtingdream

      hurtingdream Member Benefactor

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      The first 3 months I had really bad ear pain. I'm 5 months in. I've been using a hot water bottle a couple hours a day and it seems to be helping a lot. I'm thinking of taking Mucinex because it thins out the mucous.
       
    12. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Okay thanks :)
       
    13. Laurxn97

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      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
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      Unknown
      Hi, I'm new here.

      But anyways, I've been suffering from "glue ear" for over a 1 month now or maybe more. I've tried everything and it seems nothing is working. It's getting to the point where the noise is driving me insane (suicidal).

      My doctor told me to buy Otovent which I have. It makes the noise go away for about 2 minutes and come back. My doctor also said once the fluid is out my ear my hearing should be normal.
       
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    14. dellwas

      dellwas Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussion or ETD
      I had BPPV, which is resolved, have a concussion, have ETD, had fluid in the ear, and of course tinnitus.

      Met with my concussion Doc last nite and the fluid in my ear has gone, and slight inflammation in the Eustachian. Today, I'm about .5 on a scale of 1-10 with the tinnitus.

      I'm also on Budesonide that helped with the Etd and fluid.

      It should resolve for you once the fluid, glue ear, whatever you choose to call it is resolved. However, it could take some time. I'm just shy of 4 months since the concussion, and 3 months for the ETD/tinnitus. ETD and related symptoms can take a year or more, and in some cases ETD can be chronic.


       
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    15. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      I had glue ear several years ago and they wanted to put grommets in my ears but I declined and they eventually drained.

      Here is the deal with getting grommets, you will have a port into your middle ear.

      If you do get grommets consider this. There is a compound that you can legally purchase called 7,8 DHF. It is not expensive. This stuff has been shown to heal acoustic damage to mouse synapses if applied to the middle ear.

      https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/blogs/novel-drug-delivery-method-to-the-inner-ear

      Having a port into your middle ear would allow you to apply this compound to your middle ear without an intratympanic injection. I'm not telling you to do this, I am telling you that if my tinnitus was still as bad as it was, that I would do that in a heartbeat.
       
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    16. Laurxn97

      Laurxn97 Member

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      Did your tinnitus go away? mine is still there :/


       
    17. dellwas

      dellwas Member

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      concussion or ETD
      BPPV resolution did not stop the T. However, I now have a lung infection and on erythromicin. The Emerg Doc that prescribed it checked and I still have fluid on the ear. The antibiotics seem to have calmed down the T., plus I do sound therapy and use Taurin daily. I think all are having an impact on it.

       
    18. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

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      How long did it take for your glue ear to drain @JohnAdams?
       
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    19. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      A couple of months. I pretty much just woke up one day and it was gone.
       
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    20. Allan1967

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      2 months?

      I'm on week one after an infection and it's driving me mad.
       
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    21. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Yeah it drove me insane.
       
    22. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

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      Did you do anything for it @JohnAdams?
       
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    23. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      just stayed hydrated
       
    24. Earing
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      I was sniffing Vicks Vaporub when my tubes were blocked.
       
    25. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

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      1997
      Cause of Tinnitus:
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      Lots of water I assume until I'm peeing for England?
       
    26. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

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      Ear infection
      Can I also ask - did your tinnitus seem worse? Or new noises?
       
    27. Daniel Lion
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      Daniel Lion Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

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      Allan try steam baths, if you need, get a pot of water to boil, put a towel over your head and it will get the mucus running. It works.
       
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    28. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      This was years before I got hearing damage and tinnitus. I experienced muffled hearing, but no tinnitus when it happened.
       
    29. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor

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      Ah... I suppose logic would say if you had glue ear and no tinnitus you might not experience it.
       
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