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eustachian tube disorder vs. menieres disease

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 3, 2006
  • 05:11 PM

I have been to two specialists because I am having fullness in both ears and loss of hearing on different days (fluctuating hearing) One test showed that I do not have the right pressures in the e-tube. They are now treating this as if I have Menieres---I have tinnitus, fullness, and fluctuating hearing----no vertigo as of yet which is even more wicked with Menieres--How does one know the difference. I also get burning in the ears occassionally. I am being allergy tested in two weeks.

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  • Don't know what it could be but try candling. I have a lot of tube problems and when I can't hear well ear candling really restores a lot of hearing.
    mae060669 4 Replies
    • October 28, 2006
    • 03:36 AM
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  • In August my hearing was perfectly fine. Then I went to the mountains for three days. I felt fine during the visit and, in fact, my inhalent allergies didn't seem to bother me at all during that time. One day after I returned, my right ear felt full of fluid. This progressed to both ears "filled with fluid". After prednisone (10 day course) my ears cleared up greatly. But my right ear has not been the same. It has that "fullness" feeling you describe....and now I am afraid I might be stuck with tinnitius in that ear. I know this must be related to allergies....but antihistimines and steriodial nasal spray doesn't seem to help. I seem to be getting more sensitive to chemicals (new carpet, lumber, pine sol, molds, etc.). Tody the tinnitus got worse...really frustrated. I thought about trying the ear candling, as this person has suggested but I'm sort of afraid to...might make it worse. (I've used ear candling years ago....I didn't have any problems from it then. It removed alot of ear wax.) Let me know how your case progresses. I'm trying some natural immune building supplements but it's too early to tell a difference.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2006
    • 07:44 AM
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  • I have had the same problem for about ten years now. My ears feel full of pressure about 90% of the time. I am constantly clearing them to try to relive the pressure. It drives my wife crazy. I have been to countless ENT docs and they have all said it was an etube problem and that putting tubes in would be the only thing they could do to temporarily relieve the pressure. I haven't had them put in just because of the PITA they would be with showering and everything. I would give everything I have for a cure for it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 07:47 PM
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  • I have had the exact same pressure in my ear problem as you for over ten years. I too have been to all of the ENT's in the world and haven't had the tubes put in. In the last year or so I've had chronic throat problems too and now am wondering if it's some kind of auto-immune problem. I may try a rhumatologist and see. It still drives my wife crazy too.
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  • I have had the exact same pressure in my ear problem as you for over ten years. I too have been to all of the ENT's in the world and haven't had the tubes put in. In the last year or so I've had chronic throat problems too and now am wondering if it's some kind of auto-immune problem. I may try a rhumatologist and see. It still drives my wife crazy too.HOW OLD ARE YOU?ARE YOU MENOPAUSAL?HYSTERECTOMY?HORMONAL IMBALANCES CAN CAUSE EAR PROBLEMS THAT NO DR WILL FIND..DUE TO THE HORMONAL FACTOR & INFLAMMATION.
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  • Hello,My experience is similar. Sudden appearance of tinnitus, mild hearing distortion, and high frequency hearing loss in right ear, followed 6 months later by left ear tinnitus, pressure, fluid accumulation, itchiness & tickling sensation, and intermittent pain in cheek, jaw & upper neck. Both my ears began 'clicking' whenever I swallowed and I felt like I had to pop them all the time to relieve pressure. Around the same time I started feeling unsteady and off-balance, and also had 'brain fog' especially if I turned my head quickly. Thought I had Meniere's but no acute vertigo which is characteristic. I finally got allergy tests that revealed a multitude of airborne allergies, yet I never manifested the characteristic symptoms. CT scan showed that my sinuses were sealed shut and I received surgery 4 months ago to clear them up. Since then some of the above symptoms (especially ear fullness/fluid accumulation and pain in jaw-cheek-neck) have been considerably better. I basically have learned to live with the rest. So, there is hope and by all means test for allergies and have your sinuses checked. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 18, 2007
    • 07:02 PM
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  • I have been to two specialists because I am having fullness in both ears and loss of hearing on different days (fluctuating hearing) One test showed that I do not have the right pressures in the e-tube. They are now treating this as if I have Menieres---I have tinnitus, fullness, and fluctuating hearing----no vertigo as of yet which is even more wicked with Menieres--How does one know the difference. I also get burning in the ears occassionally. I am being allergy tested in two weeks.The only true way to diagnose Meniere's and a varient of it (Cochlear Hydrops) is for you to go to your ENT when you experience these bouts of decreased hearing. Or with a test called a electrocochleaography. If they are leaning towards ETD, then they may want to put you on a steroid nasal spray to see if the symptoms regress.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
    • 07:50 PM
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  • To clear clogged blocked inner ear tubes, Etubes, etc - try this at home:# Watch the video here first then:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNqpmI-Lfew# Fill the neti pot 1/2 way with very warm water, or saline, about 1 cup.# Add 6 drops of 4 Way (OTC) red decongestant nasal spray to the neti pot.# Step 7 -Begin pouring the solution into your nasal cavity.go to www.earadicator.com to read the full clogged ear remedy(it is long!)Hope it helps!
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