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Hi, I'm new to the site. Hoping to chat with anyone who might have had a problem similar to me. To cut a long story short, to provide a bit of background I have had permanent tinnitus since a short 1 hour plane journey 11 years ago. I've learnt to deal with it.
Fast forward 11 years and on Fri 1 Aug I told a short 30 minute domestic flight. Since waking from sleep the morning after, I was diagnosed with Otitis Media with Effusion (inner ear fluid). It seems I wasn't able to relieve my ear pressure on plane's decent/landing and while sleeping overnight, a negative inner ear pressure sucked fluid from my ear walls.
that fluid hung around for about 14 days but 21 days on, I'd say there's about 5% still left. Immediately after that flight I had fullness in my ear, headaches, tight feeling in my face and occasional dizziness. What's doing my head in most is that the tinnitus I've always had increased in volume too. In the evenings and overnight it is at its worst. What I had for about days 1-14 after the flight and not since day 14 as much is pulsating in my ear. It was worst at night but also when I was indoors in smaller enclosed locations. It was a very fast drumming pulsating, about 20 times faster than the average heartbeat. I've seen my GP (doctor) 3 times and I've never got referred to ENT. Also, done two courses of antibiotics called Amoxycillin and Distaclor as there was a bit of ear redness seen when then inspected. My appointment today (day 21 since flight) the redness is gone.
overall, if anyone has experienced anything like this or similar I'd be interested to know your experience mostly about the tinnitus problems from the flight.
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