Glue Ear?

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

    1. mick1987
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      mick1987 Member

      Location:
      UK (England)
      Tinnitus Since:
      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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      1999
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      karma
      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

      Location:
      Vancouver Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      9/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection
      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. Laurxn97

      Laurxn97 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      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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    6. Seymour
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      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      So I went to the doctor concerning my tinnitus spike and she looked in my ear and said I had bad glue ear and she saw many bubbles behind my ear drum.

      She thinks the resulting decrease in hearing is probably why my tinnitus is louder. That it should get better as the glue ear resolves.

      Does that make sense?
       
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    7. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      I'm a veteran glue ear sufferer. Hopefully that is your issue. Stay hydrated, be hesitant to let them put a grommet in your eardrum. Figure out if you're allergic to something. Mostly, stay hydrated. If your glue ear goes away and your tinnitus follows, then you're a wealthy person.
       
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    8. Seymour
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      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      I have long standing tinnitus so I don’t expect it to go away, just return to baseline. Do you think that’s a pipe dream? It seems plausible the way she explained it.
       
    9. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      No telling until you get that glue ear resolved.
       
    10. Seymour
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      Seymour Member

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      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      Ok.
       
    11. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Glue ear can cause temporary hearing loss while it is occurring. If you put earplugs in for long enough you will also develop temporary tinnitus which will resolve when you remove them. That is why you need to get the glue ear resolved before asking any other questions.
       
    12. Seymour
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      Seymour Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2009 at least
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably chronic ear infections as a child
      My hearing therapist friend said pretty much the same thing. That glue ear makes me lose some hearing and that’s probably what’s making my tinnitus sound louder.
       
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    13. JohnAdams
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      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      May 1st 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Aspirin Toxicity/Possibly Noise
      Drink lots of water and perhaps go take an allergy test. Allergies can inflame your sinuses and stop your ears from draining which can cause glue ear.
       
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