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Greetings all. About two weeks ago I had an ear infection. I am a swimmer and I shoot at a firing range. Well, I didn't know I had the infection and went shooting. I had double ear protection on, the inner ear sponges and ourter ear muffs. After the session I noticed the ringing in my left ear. I went to the doctor the next day and they found a mess of bacteria and redness in my ear. I used ear drops (cortisporin otic) to clear up the infection, but the ringing persists. I cough up phlegm, I have overly watery eyes, and I sneeze and my left ear will not pop. I sometimes feel dizzy when I get up in the morning. The latest exam by the emergency room doc shows I have no blockage and all looks well, but I have scheduled an auditory exam and will see the ENT doctor shortly, hopefully. At present I'm trying to find a way to cope with this. I don't know if it's temporatry or not since I've dealt with the ringing over the years and it generally silences after a few minutes or so. I'm tired and concerned.
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