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I was, last week, diagnosed with ETD having had, for the last 3 weeks a bad bout of flu and subsequent ear intection, I've lost much of my hearing in one of my ears, sounds have become very muffled. I'm finding it very difficult to deal with and incredibly disorientating....i have also suffered from Tinnitus for the past twenty or so years and since this happened, my tinnitus has become much louder, almost unbearable. The Dr has given me various things to do at least twice a day in order to help nudge open up the Eustachian tube and get rid of all the trapped fluid in my ear. What i would like to know is.....will the hearing come back gradually, a little at a time with all the effort of the various exercises i'm doing or will it just 'pop' back to normal in a flash as it usually does when one gets off an airplane....i keep expecting a great big pop and to instantly feel better but i suspect it doesn't work that way....would love to know others experiences as i'm feeling very disheartened by the whole thing. thank you in advance
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