Tinnitus After Ear Ventilation Tube (Grommets) Insertion

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    1. Critty81

      Critty81 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello everyone. I recently had ear ventilation tubes inserted to help with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.

      I noticed a week after the tubes were inserted I developed tinnitus in my left ear only. It gets worse, then better, then worse, then better.

      I am able to blow air through both of my ears consistently now, which the ENT says, indicates the Eustachian tubes are open and I no longer need the ventilation tubes (grommets) and they are being removed tomorrow.

      I was wondering if anyone else developed tinnitus after tubes were inserted, especially since the tubes are supposed to help with tinnitus and not cause it? Or maybe, it’s something else entirely?

      The timing is just very odd, as I never had tinnitus before the tubes were inserted.

      Thank you for any help or insight into this.
       
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    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      not sure
      Welcome to the forum.

      The good sign is that your tinnitus already has period of getting better. Perhaps it is the body trying to heal the eustachian tube. Give it some time and see if it will heal.

      God bless.
       
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      Critty81

      Critty81 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you very much for the response. I got the tubes removed and the ENT said once the hole in the eardrum closes up, the tinnitus should completely go away in my left ear. It has been at a very mild level the past two days (got tubes removed two days ago on Monday).

      So, I am optimistic it is going away. Also, I notice that when I get out of bed, it's not there, but once my feet hit the ground I get a very faint ringing in my left ear (second day in a row its been like this). My hope is this will continue to get better.
       
    4. Brain Tumor Dave
      Wishful

      Brain Tumor Dave Member

      Location:
      Florida
      Tinnitus Since:
      1972
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Vestibular Schwannoma / Posterior Fossa Meningioma
      I had bleeding ear infections caused by air pollution in Japan, 50 years ago. It was a specific kind of pollution, a chemical biohazard of sorts that's since been called "Tokyo Smog Syndrome."

      I had tubes in my ears for a LONG time as I couldn't leave the area (I was a military kid living there). I had no choice - had to live in the pollution. The infections, or maybe the airborne, industrial chemicals, led to ear nerve damage. The damage, and resulting tinnitus that I've lived with every day since then, had nothing to do with the tubes.

      Try to protect your ears as best you can. I wouldn't worry about tubes causing any damage, they're just through your eardrums, right? Damaged eardrums don't cause tinnitus; as far as I know. Damaged eardrums could only cause hearing loss. It's the nerves you need to protect.
       
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      Critty81

      Critty81 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      The ear drums are less likely to cause tinnitus than the nerves but they can also be the culprit. For instance, even a slight bit of earwax on the ear drum can cause tinnitus. My ENT did say, he has patients about every two months who developed tinnitus once the ear tubes were placed in their ears/ear drums. The ear drums would take around 5 days for the hole to close up, and once the hole healed, the tinnitus goes away. Apparently, the ear drum is very sensitive as well.
       
    6. Shannonxsmithx

      Shannonxsmithx Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2021
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Grommets
      @Critty81, did your tinnitus go away?

      I’m in exactly the same situation as you and I’d really appreciate a reply. :(
       
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