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    1. Zimster86

      Zimster86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13
      Hello I'm Zim and I have had problems with my right ear for as long as I can remember. After I had my eardrum replaced when I was 13 (16yrs ago) I have always has a slight ring. 2days ago I woke up to a crippling pain, as if my eardrum ruptured again. The E.R. didn't listen to me and I have little options due to me living in the country. The ringing has become 1000 times worse and it's affecting my hearing to the point that I can't hear out of my right ear. I am a veteran and afraid the VA won't listen. What should I do?
       
    2. Atlantis

      Atlantis Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2014
      This sounds an emergency. You may need steroids. Or other interventions. Please have your ears checked IMMEDIATELY!!
       
    3. Karen
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      Karen Manager Staff Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      First time: Noise 2nd Time: Ototoxic drug
      @Zimster86 I think you should seek out a clinic, a doctor, or an emergency room where they can help you. You don't want to take a chance on getting an infection in your ear, or having it get any worse. Perhaps treatment with antibiotics could help you. Don't hesitate; find a doctor or clinic near you!

      Please do update us on the outcome -- we want to know that you are all right. Take care!!
       
    4. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      @Zimster86
      Yes, it definitely is an emergency.
      Sounds like something happened to your artificial eardrum.
      Go the the nearest emergency hospital.
      Pieces of a broken artificial eardrum can damage your middle ear or more.

      Go!
       
    5. Zimster86

      Zimster86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13
      I have gone to the E.R. they barely took me seriously. I was given pain medication and a anesthesia. Because I have tricare ins. Most people where I live don't take tricare. That and we don't have a ENT unfortunately. We would have to drive to Texas to see one. That's why I'm so lost :-(
       
    6. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      I don't want to scare you, but what if your artificial eardrum broke in pieces?
      I am afraid that may be the case.

      Your eardrum has to be looked at with an otoscope or with an endoscope (a thin tube with a light and camera that takes images from your ear canal and eardrum, images that can be enlarged on a display.

      Go to Texas or wherever you can be taken seriously.
      First you have to take yourself seriously. Rest, and after that take the road to a serious ENT.
      1000 times louder T?

      Just go.

      What is the artificial eardrum made of? What kind of material?
       
    7. Zimster86

      Zimster86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13
      They took skin from my other ear and did a skin graph
       
    8. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      Oh, that's a relief.
      Thank you for replying.
      But the checking by a serious ENT remains mandatory.
       
    9. Zimster86

      Zimster86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      13
      And when I say 1000 times louder, I mean that before I would only hear the ring if it was 100% quiet. Now the ringing has consumed my right ear to where it's all I hear out of my right ear. And honestly u didn't scare me I have been scared for 2days. I was told that if the skin graph didn't work that they would have to cut my ear open to replace and repair the eardrum so actually I'm terrified
       
    10. Dana
      Chicken

      Dana Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not known, too many possible causes
      Don't be terrified. They will use anesthetics and you won't feel a thing.
      Maybe you will sleep through the whole thing.
      The intervention doesn't sound that scary.
      What about cochlear implant then, , or middle ear surgery, replacing or removing an osscicle or cutting a muscle, or cholesteatoma?

      Go!

      The T is the problem , very loud, not the operation.

      All the best!
       

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