Discussion in 'Alternative Treatments and Research' started by Sybs, Nov 10, 2013.

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    1. Sybs

      Sybs Member

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      Otovent on Amazon.com

      Hi all, I thought I would tell you about a product I've just purchased from Amazon for very low cost. £6 (roughly $10) It consists of 5 small balloons and a plastic "nozzle" for want of a better word. What you do is place the end of one of the balloons over the nozzle and hold the nozzle up to one of your nostrils. Hold the other nostril shut by pressing against it with a finger. Then take a deep breath, and with your mouth closed, blow as hard as you can through the nozzle to inflate the balloon to about the size of a grapefruit. Keep your mouth closed and swallow. Then take the nozzle away and let the air come out of the balloon. Repeat this with the other nostril. Do this 3 times per day for about 2-3 weeks.

      There are various causes of tinnitus and this will only work for tinnitus caused by some sort of ear or eustachean tube dysfunction, which is what I think mine is caused by.

      I have tried the Vasalva technique and notice that my right eardrum pops but my left eardrum will not budge (which is the ear mainly affected by Tinnitus).

      My Tinnitus has been pretty bad yesterday and today - hissing with a high-pitched whistle over the top. Last night I had a really bad night's sleep because of it so was very low this morning. I started using the Otovent device yesterday and noticed that it did partially pop my left ear which is a good sign that things are starting to move.

      You may think this is yet another "scam" device making all sorts of wild claims and preying on desperate people. Well for such a low amount of money I am willing to give it a try, and you can use ordinary party balloons once the ones in the pack are spent so it's really just the nozzle that you are paying for. Also, please google the reviews. It has received rave reviews from lots of consumers who definitely sound genuine. Click here to read the reviews: Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Otovent Glue Ear Treatment

      I will keep you updated on my progress. I would also be interested to hear anyone else's experience of this product.

      All the best.
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    2. yonkapin

      yonkapin Member Benefactor

      Melbourne, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      March 2012
      Hope this works for you, but without trying to make anyone worried I would be wary of doing this, or the valsalva maneuver too much. I caused my tinnitus to become worse in my left ear after doing the valsalva maneuver once too many times. I got used to doing it because my left ear always felt dull compared to my right ear, and would regain a good chunk of my hearing after popping it (I think I also have some sort of ETD to do with my enlarged adenoids) - however it was always a weird struggle to get it open, sometimes it felt like blowing up a balloon in my ear and then one day after popping my left ear, I experienced significant pain and then super loud tinnitus which subsided in a few hours but did make my tinnitus overall slightly worse in that ear. So be careful!
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    3. Sybs

      Sybs Member

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      You are right to warn people. I have noticed that my left ear seems to budge a bit more when I use the balloon but have also noticed an increase in intensity of my tinnitus so am now rather wary of using it myself. I had also read that it was not too good to do the Valsalva Manoeuvre too much. Yesterday I bought some eardrops containing hydrogen peroxide, after reading another post elsewhere on this site, but then read on the leaflet that it should not be used by Tinnitus sufferers! Aaarrrrgggghhhh! Anyway, how is your tinnitus fairing at the moment?
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    4. Hattukoira

      Hattukoira Member

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      I'd suggest to try neti pot first. It has reduced my tinnitus a lot and also helped my ETD!

      There are lot of tutorials on internet how to use it.

      Just make sure:
      to use non-iodized salt (sodium chloride)
      to use boiled water (I use 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt)
      that the water has cooled to body temperature before you use it
      to blow your nose gently afterwards

      Usually after I blow my nose I bent my waist so that my face is parallel to ground and move my head from side to side. This will help water to come out of my nose.

      Nasal irrigation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    5. Sybs

      Sybs Member

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      Thanks for this - it's worth a try.
    6. Sybs

      Sybs Member

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      4 days ago, I booked an appointment with my GP as my T was making me very depressed. She said she can definitely see bubbles behind my left eardrum (which is the loudest ear by far) and has now prescribed Flaxinase Steroidal Nasal Spray. She did tell me to be extremely patient as it "takes a few weeks to work". Also, she recommended Otovent and said it is commonly prescribed for this condition! Anyway, I told her I had it but that I was a little wary of using it too much. She said that I should use it as often as possible as everytime I use it or perform the Vasalva manoeuvre it really helps open the tube, so I'm back using it again. However, last night was a bad night for sleeping - high pitched loud whistle in left ear. Still got it today but not so bad with other noises around.
    7. Lulubug69

      Lulubug69 Member

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      I use a neti pot and or the nasal squeeze bottle kind (easier and more efficient, imo). I use kosher salt or Himalayan salt with a pinch if baking soda as recommended recently as a new protocol by Dr. Oz. Use distilled water, never tap water unless boiled as mentioned above. I find it very helpful and great for allergies. Blowing gently is key.
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    8. Cath

      Cath Member

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      I have had a high pitched ringing in my left ear for 6 years,i have got used to it,i only tend to notice it when it is quiet,however the last 2 weeks i also started to hear a low rumbling noise as well as an echoing sound and that is more annoying than the ringing.
      I went to see my GP thinking it was wax or an infection,turned out it was neither,he said i just need to pop my ears,something which i have never been able to do.
      I read about the otovent kit,so i ordered 1 from amazon and have now been using it for 5 days,i think it is working as the rumbling sound and echoing is now intermittent,so i'm hoping it goes completely.
      I have an appointment for a hearing test next month as the doctor said i have some high frequency hearing loss in thet ear.
    9. MontmorencyTT

      MontmorencyTT Member

      Abingdon, Oxfordshire
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/1990 (very approx)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably ear infection. (Also led to HF hearing loss)
      @Sybs are you still around?

      How did things go after this?

      I've ordered an Otovent, but it hasn't arrived yet. I was going to be very cautious about using it in any case, but I appreciate your warning, and I've seen some other cautionary messages on the web, but also the rave reviews.

      It's interesting that some UK GPs have been recommending this, as they are usually a rather conservative lot, but at least I thought that must mean it was relatively safe. (May not be the case of course).

      I'd been thinking of also getting the Neil Med nasal irrigation bottle, but then saw a comment by a doctor on their website that it shouldn't be used if you have a Eustachian tube blockage (which I strongly suspect I have).

      The ENT I've seen hasn't confirmed that, but then (although he is a nice chap) he doesn't use technical language with me - assumes I won't understand I suppose, and last time I made a slip of the tongue and called my "air-bone gap" an "ear-bone gap", thus destroying any technical cred I might have had, so he assumed I hadn't a clue what it meant when in fact I had done quite a lot of research into it. Next time, I'll go armed with a set of technical questions and perhaps some diagrams ...

      @Lulubug69 if you are still around, would you care to comment on the advisability or not of using the squeeze-bottle irrrigator with a (possibly) blocked Eustachian tube?
    10. Neil23

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      I used the Otovent for about a week (9 days) and my ears popped when swallowing but then a couple of days ago my ears popped when starting to inflate the balloon... does this mean it is likely that the eustacian tubes are opening much easier and - should I continue to inflate the balloon... or stop....
      and new edit... the inflation has reverted to as before.. inflate balloon and swallow and ears pop...

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