How Worried Should I Be About Unsuccessful Valsalva Manoeuvre Causing a Small Hole in My Eardrum?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Hannes Alm, Mar 18, 2019.

    1. Hannes Alm

      Hannes Alm Member

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      Hi Everyone!

      I've had problems with tinnitus and muffled hearing in my right ear since January 2019.

      A couple of weeks ago my specialist told me that she considered it to be ETD, that was causing my hearing loss in the right ear and recommended me to do Valsalva manoeuvre everyday.

      Yesterday, I did the manoeuvre and it popped as usual, but then I felt a short pain inside the ear. This is the only time I've felt this way.

      I went to the doctor and he told me that I had a small hole in my eardrum.

      I have read that there is a possibility that the Valsalva manoeuvre can damage the auditory ossicles and the round window as well? How worried should I be about that, considering it was a small hole in my eardrum?
    2. GSC

      GSC Member Hall of Fame

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma.
    3. Allan1967

      Allan1967 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      I personally wouldn't do that manoeuvre for that very reason, plus I've read it can worsen tinnitus. I think small holes can heal quite quickly.

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