Archive for Experience of Glue Ear from 2005

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i am a 52yr old male and suffered a really bad bout of the flu about 2 mths ago.i had to go to the doctor in the end to shift it and after 2 courses of anti biotics it finally decided to clear up.unfortunately it has left me with dulled hearing in one ear,which having taken prescription nose drops and counter bought nasal sprays,does not seem to be doing any good,i have decided to leave it to clear up on its own.

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    My son was diagnosed with glue ear aged 2. We changed his diet to eat less wheat and swapped cows milk for goats milk (to try and decrease mucus production). The goats milk really helped, he became a lot less conjested. He saw an Ostelmyologist for half an hour a week who massaged his tubes to try and encourage the fluid to drain. Nine months later the glue had gone away. He may have grown out of it naturally, I don't know but I like to think that the steps we took helped.

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    my daughter has had glue ear since she was 3 months old, she is now 10.she has had grommits which didnt work and now faces another operation, she has constant ear ache, and hearing loss. hospital appointments keep getting cancelled and this winter alone she has had 9 ear infections. Why does all the information on glue ear say that they should have grown out of it by age 8? she has been left with very scarred and weak eardrums from all the infections, and faces having to have new ones. all because no one would listen to me in the first place when i said that she was having far too may ear infections.

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    My son aged 4 had grommets fitted at the age of 18 months he is now 4 and a half. We have just been referred back to the hospital for him to have them done again. I was told that this could happen but didn't think it would. My other son who has just gone 2 has just had his done for the first time i just hope he doesn't have to have them done again. I will say though it is well worth having it done i remember when my first son had them done and he stood in the garden and heard an aeroplane it was fantastic. Anyone who is about to go through it do it, it is amazing the difference.

    Cheers

    Zoe

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    Had grommits inserted twice as a child,age 6 and 8. Have continued to have problems with my ears into adulthood.Now aged 30 i have been diagnosed with a cronic ear infection because of fluid build up behind my eardrum.Am awaiting to see a specialist to see what can be done

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    I developed what the nurse said was glue ear 3 days ago. I am 36. Apart from the dulled hearing and the feeling that my ears had popped, I am also suffering extreme dizziness which in turn leads to nausea.

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    My husband had grommets put in numerous of times and it keeps falling out. His problem is getting worse and going almost totally deaf. Does anyone have any advice on finding a solution to this?.DesperateConcerned Wife

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    My son (10 and a half)had his adenoids and tonsils removed when he was 2 and a half. Two years later he had his first set of grommits. (Some adenoidal material was also removed.) His second set of grommits was put in when he was 7. Now, at 10 and a half, his hearing has deteriorated again and he has just seen the Doctor this week. The Doctor tells me that he has allergic rhinitis and will probably need a third set of grommits with his adenoids and tonsils being checked for re-growth and subsequent removal, thereof. This condition has caused me much angst and upset. Who wants their child to undergo 4 operations before the age of 12? I certainly didn't. I have tried all sorts - homeopathy, removal of dairy products, hopi candles. Now, I pray that if he has this third set of grommits installed and any new adenoids and tonsils removed, that he will be over the worst. Let me re-assure other parents: my son is one of the exceptions and even he is not the most extreme exception.

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    to date i have had 7 operations on my ears, at the ages of 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 18. I have always had varying degrees of difficulty with my hearing and my consultant(s) have always pursued the route of grommets. I am going into hospital again on friday (i am now 30) for my 8th lot of grommets to try and rectify constant pressure problems due to a retracted eardrum (which i can't help but think could have something to do with all the ops!!!) Although this has been a massive part of my life for so long i am prepared to endure and am still eternally grateful to my parents for doing everything they possibly could to ensure i grew up with the best hearing i could.

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    i am nearly 15 yrs old and i have suffered with glue ear since i was about 4 yrs old. i have had around 8 grommet operations and had my tonsils and adenoids out and i still continue to suffer with it. nothing seems to be working for me and i am just not growing out of it. i have numerous ear infections which occur with any slight interuptance like cold weather or coming into contact with water. i just dont know what to do any more, nothing seems to work, there must be some different treatment i can try instead of these grommets as they are clearly not working. the grommet i have got in my ears works for around 6 months and then starts to fail again. i really feel there is something else that can be done as i have waited long enough. doctors say my ears are so scarred with all the disturbance from the grommets as i have had them in so many times. Can anyone suggest anything else we can try?

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    My 4 year old boy has just been dignosed with glue ear 2 weeks ago.

    The doctor said it was clearing up so he didn't need anything (had to admit his hearing was great that week) but this week his hearing seems to be bad again and also i think he is now going to get another ear infection. So it will be back to the doctors for more antibiotics if he's not already used to them. We are curently waiting for a speech person, so far to sort this out it`s taken 5 months.

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    My name is Belinda and i am now 15years old and i have had glue ear since i was 6months old.

    i went to the doctor like every week to get medication,but it never seemed to work.

    i have had 3 lots of gromets and my last lot left holes in my eardrums, so now i am hopefully on my last operation with them taking skin from behind my ear and then sticking it over the hole in the eardrum.

    it seemed to work for my first ear i am waiting now for my last ever (hopefully) operation on my ear.

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    Your website is fantastic. It provides some really useful information to parents and relatives of those who suffer from glue ear. My neice who is 5 yrs old at the moment has had hearing problems since she was a few years old. She gets particularly bad during a cold. Her mum has made many visits to the GP and they have failed to diagnose her until recently. She has now been given medication and is going back to see her GP in a few days. My neice is falling behind her school work although she is a very bright girl, but due to her loss of hearing, she shows no interest in school work or education. Is there anything that we can do for her??

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    I am a grown woman of 32 years of age who has been in and out of hospital throughout my whole life with grommets. I have also had two grafts placed over each eardrum to cover the holes that the grommets leave behind each time. The down side to having grommets is the hospitalisation it requires each time a new lot need to be put in the ears but the positives from having grommets far, far outweigh any side effects that they might cause. Sure, there are risks with an anaesetic and there is always the risk that a shoddy surgeon might do the wrong thing, but the lack of hearing, the inability to hear the direction of sound, the difficulty in distinguishing between a person talking to me from the background sounds at a party, the ear aches and my longing to do simple things like take a short plane trip (or in my case, I couldn't even travel in a car up and down the mountain without pain), means that my life depends on having grommets placed in my ears all the time. The procedure is minor compared to other issues I face in life and it has made a lifetime of difference to how I can hear and interact with the rest of the world.smile

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    I have just had a permanant vent (grommet) placed in my left ear at the age of 24. The consultant should be able to recommend this. I have been assured this will not fall out, if it does it will leave hole in place of the gomment and should carry on doing the job of the grommet.

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    I have had around 8 pairs of grommets and have just had an operation at th age of 24 to have a permanant vent (grommet) place in my left ear. My right ear still has a grommet in from the age of 15 and I have not had any infections in this ear(touch wood). The left ear created an ear infection for 3 months that would not go away so they inserted the "New" Perma vent.I have also had my adenoids and toncils out.

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