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HI everyone, I have just joined this page and I feel almost relieved to see that other people struggle with the things I do -- it can be really FRUSTRATING sometimes. I was suffering from ETD for about 2.5 years with no diagnosis, and after my Dr. realizing I was having hearing loss, as a result, we opted in for PE tubes. I had the tubes put in in June, and it was a very rough recovery for my right ear (my bad ear), and I could not get the "open" and "echo-ey" feeling out of my ear for a week. Finally, it healed, but then the problem came back in July. I don't really know how to describe it other than my voice was echoing in my head, and I could no longer "block" my ears due to the PE tube, but it felt like my right ear was "open." I was prescribed ear drops which felt like I had finally gotten the relief I needed, until about a month ago. I returned to my job at a restaurant and every time I was at work my right ear would "open" and it would all be so echo-ey and I could hardly hear a thing out of it. (Also my blinking and yawning became audible in my right ear.) I went to my Dr. but he said it was brought on likely by the loud noises at work and that there was nothing they could do. NOW my right ear is constantly "opening" and I can hearing my blinks and yawns, and hearing out of it is becoming so frustrating. I am 21 years old and I just sometimes feel like my life has been taken over by my ETD and there will never be a real fix. I guess I am just looking to see if anyone has had trouble with their PE tubes after getting them??? I am not sure how to "relieve" this issue because I can't "block" my ears anymore by sniffing while holding my nose with the tubes in. I am just feeling really helpless. Any advice or someone else who understands will help. Thanks guys
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