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Hi. I have posted here before and someone suggested that I have ETD, judging by my symptoms. I then googled ETD and all of my symtpoms match (constantly blocked ears, severe pain during landing on a plane, a need to swallow in order to hear, random pain in ears and surrounding bones etc.). It all started around 3 years ago after an ear infection and has made my life very uncomfortable. I also have constant mucus build up in my nose and throat, which suggests an allergy. When I eat spicy food, especially raw chilli, my nose drains and my ears pop, which results in me regaining a perfect hearing.
I went to see a private ENT the other day and he diagnosed me with Otosclerosis. He performed an audiometry, which showed that I have a sudden drop in hearing at the mid frequency range in both ears. Right ear goes down to 30 dB at 1.5k Hz and gradually increases from 30 dB to 10 dB between 2k and 6k (perfect at the lows and very tops). Left ear is at 15 dB from 125-500 Hz, 40 dB at 1.5k-3k Hz and 15 dB at 4k-6k Hz (never perfect, but best at very top, and better at the lows). The doctor didn't perform any further tests and automatically concluded that I have Otosclerosis.
However, I know it doesn't fully add up. 1.) Otosclerosis does not normally cause any pain, and I often experience pain in both ears. 2.) The doctor did not explain or examine the mucus build up in my nose. 3.) He did not explain the severe sudden pain during a landing on a plane. 4.) He said that the improvement in my hearing when eating spicy foods is related to the increased blood flow to my brain, which results in higher levels of oxygen near my hearing nerve, which in turn makes me hear a bit better (but did not take into consideration that it causes my nose to fully drain). 5.) My ears feel stuffy, again, NOT a symptom of otosclerosis. 6.) Apparently, otosclerosis causes diminished hearing at lower frequnces rather than the mid and the high range?
I am not denying that I have Otosclerosis, however, I am almost convinced that I also have ETD. I have been checked by 3 doctors in the past 3 years and none of them diagnosed or even considered ETD. I am getting increasingly frustrated, as I feel that I am simply being overlooked and that I am not receiving the appropriate professional care that I am paying lots of money for. I am planning another visit to a different ENT, but before I do, any help would be very appreciated, as I am very concerned about my health right now.
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