Tinnitus Worse After Grommets

Discussion in 'Support' started by James_s91, Oct 9, 2021.

    1. James_s91
      Stressed

      James_s91 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Hi,

      I had grommets (ventilation tubes) put in my eardrums a few weeks ago to treat Patulous Eustachian Tube. I guess it has helped with that particular issue, but since then my tinnitus has spiked considerably. It was really bad initially and I was very stressed over it. I was putting it down to my hearing being worse after surgery, which it was, especially the left ear which was considerably worse. There was also a fair bit of blood in that ear following the surgery for whatever reason.

      So it's been 2 weeks now and the hearing from my left ear has got notably better at least. It's not great, but better. However, I think the eardrum hasn't fully healed yet as it does feel inflamed and uncomfortable at times. I also still have the debilitating tinnitus. I had moderate to bad tinnitus before the surgery but I could deal with it, especially with ambient noise around because it would be masked. But now it's spiked to such a degree that it overrides everything and I struggle to focus on other things as it's constantly at the front of my mind with the piercing ringing. It is difficult to function normally and I go back to work in a few days which I'm getting quite stressed about. Which I know only makes the tinnitus worse.

      Has anyone experienced a really bad tinnitus spike after surgery, in particular after surgery involving the ears or grommets? If so, did you find that it settled down to manageable levels as the weeks/months went on? Any advice appreciated thanks.
       
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    2. Brian P

      Brian P Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ménière’s disease
      Anything can worsen tinnitus, so it’s no surprise this did.
       
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