PE Tube Problems

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Hi everyone. I am looking for someone who has had PE (pressure equalizer) tubes put in their ears to "cure" their ETD. I had them placed in June, and still have not found that I am healed. My right ear, which is my bad ear, is still in pain and often times "opens" as it did before the tube was put in, but now with the tube I cannot block my ear to "fix" it. My ear hurts when I yawn, as if there is something trying to be pushed out of it, and maybe if I yawn just hard enough it will. I am still having hearing problems with my right ear occasionally due to this. I went to my ENT (who does not take me seriously as a 21 year old girl) and he said that this was happening because of loud environments and there is nothing he can do to help me. Sometimes ear drops take away the "open" effect, but other times they do absolutely nothing. (Not to mention I am pretty weary of ear drops now, after being prescribed some this summer to "fix" this issue, and instead I had a very scary allergic reaction.) I just feel like there is no winning and I will never, ever live a normal life again. Has ANYONE as an adult had these tubes put it to relieve their symptoms???? Did something similar happen to you??? I really just need someone who understands what is happening inside my head...because no one really gets it 😦

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    Dear Paige,I really do understand & anyone who has the problem also understands,but as there isn't anything to see (like a bandage,plaster or a sling)they just don't get it & the daily pressure we endure.I'm an elderly man & had the problem for the last three years,but so far have been passed from doctor to various ENT specialists.all without a positive answer.

    I wish you will fare better than me.


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