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Bulging eardrum, TMJ

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  • Posted By: lwall1985
  • May 26, 2011
  • 09:43 PM

First I want to say that I thought all these symptoms were coming from my TMJs, which I had operated on twice. They are in real bad shape and during the last surgery I had all the cartilage removed plus some extra bone that shouldn't have been there.

For as long as I can remember, and I'm talking 10+ years, I've had trouble with my ears. I didn't have many ear infections as a kid, actually I only remember having one which was from swimming. But I can remember that I could never dive or hit the bottom in the "deep end" of the school pool without my ears popping. I can't remember if it was both or just one but I do remember it being frightening for me. Then when I flew, only time, I can remember having HORRIBLE horrible pain in my ears and then a bad headache for a few days afterwards.

Now I'd say within the last 5 years, I've had a problem with my RIGHT ear losing all hearing for a split second and then a loud ringing with my hearing gradually coming back. I never thought much of this and just assumed it due to my TMJ problems.

Now this past year I have been working around kids and have been getting colds quite often. I didn't have any ear infections that I was aware of though... in other words my ears hurt me very little. I only get an occasionally sharp pain. What got me to the doctor was an issue with water getting stuck in my ear after every shower. I also wake up, every morning, vomit, and have a clear liquid leaking from both ears. I went into the doctor thinking I'd get my ears flushed and feel human again but he looked at my ear and said I had a severely bulged eardrum and that I need to see a specialist.

I'm writing for any heads-up on what to expect and any tips on what I can do in the meantime because I have to wait 2 months to see the doctor. Also, which symptoms do you think is related to my TMJ, ears, or both?

One issue that may be unrelated that I can get an answer on is random attacks of blurring vision and feeling out of it, zoning out.

And overall I'd say my hearing is good, I am quite sensitive to nosies, but I've been called deaf many times by family members. I cannot hear very well out of my right ear when I am in a noisy environment, but turning to hear from my left ear usually does the trick.

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