may1:snorkeling in creek may3:right ear started hurting,applied alcohol no big deal just swimmers ear right? may5: ear is swollen.hard to hear.during some wine, my right ear starts ringing noticeably.scary may 7: see ent.diagnosis swimmers ear.he vacuums it, puff of antibiotic/antifungal powder,gel,cotton. says "keep it dry come back in a week". may 12: return to ent.since last visit ive gotten petroleum jelly in my ear in my attempt to keep it dry. cant hear and lots of ringing. he vacuums/powders same as before but less."it looks great.use vinegar.come back in a week if still problem" may16-19: minor sore throat may 20: firstname.lastname@example.org bad ringing.poor hearing.wince of pain every now&then.by this point researching im convinced of middle ear fluid/E-tube issue.feel negative pressure behind eardrum that is relieved when i hold nose&blow.hearing test bad results.doc:"it is in cochlea.separate issue from swimmers ear.maybe permanent" may22, today: start anti viral&steroid Why is my E-tube bad then?