Two years ago I took a fairly short flight (less than 2 hours), while still recovering from a bout of bronchitis. Prior to take-off I inserted earplugs. Once we achieved maximum altitude, I removed the plugs believing that I would be fine, as I thought I really only needed them during escalation and decent.
At some point there after, I had severe pain in both ears that came on quite quickly. I re-inserted earplugs, however it was too late and the pain continued hours beyond landing.
Over the course of the following weeks, I had a lot of congestion in my ears, and I thought it was the bronchitis. Eventually I made my way to the Dr., had a full physical, and they attempted to perform an ear-pressure-test. Their machine could not read, as they couldn't keep the pressure up with their instrument.
I was then sent to an ENT specialist, who later proclaimed I have hypermobile eardrums, and that there is nothing that can be done for it.
For 2 years I've had constant congestion. No pain really, although definately suffering from discomfort in a few different ways. Hearing loss in both ears, and sensitivity to loud noises. Small amounts of dizziness, however this might not be due to the ear problems.
Its like a constant hard-core headcold, with the only symptom being the constant conjestion between my ears.
Have I been misdiagnosed or perhaps are there solutions to this problem that my ENT specialist is not aware of?
Thanks for reading!