Strange ear symptoms after Greece vacation

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Ok, so I went to Greece with my cousin in July, and there both of us developed ear ringing at pretty much the same time. At first it was a hell, couldn't sleep, quite noticeable. Then we went to the doctor and he told us that we have ear infections, gave us anti inflammatory. We took these, and over the next couple of weeks, the ringing gradually declined to where it is barely noticeable, so that's a good thing.

However, it's been months, and even though I don't notice anything during the day, I can still hear a very, very low sound when I go to sleep at night. I asked him, and it's the same for him. Other than that, what also happens, is that I sometimes wake up with a quite loud ringing in one ear, which fades after about half an hour - this happens rarely by the way, but it never fails to freak me out.

So yeah, pretty confused, haven't been to the doc since Greece, and I'm not too sure what to make of this. Could an infection be lasting this long? Also we have NOT been exposed to loud music or anything like that at all... just haven't been quite the same since that trip

By the way --- I also want to add that when I move my ear muscles around, I hear a crackling sound inside my ears, like when you touch a plastic bag

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    Hi Schwarz007,

    ​I would make sure that you do not have wax in your ear by seeing an ENT.   Thereafter I would have an MRI.  Very strange that both of you have it though,

    I cant explain that.

    Take care.


    • Posted

      Since we both have it, I guess it's a bacteria in a place that we both used, perhaps the pool. I don't know, but I am not sure if a bacterial/viral infection can last months? Haven't heard of that before

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    Good morning,  Sounds as though you're suffering from Tinnitus.  I've had this condition

    for years and years and mine is through suffering from Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD)

    There is no cure for Tinnitus and I've learnt to live with it....sometimes louder than other

    times, but I agree it can be very distressing.

    If you can hear crackling, it could be mucus that's stuck in your tubes.  Do you ear/ears feel

    blocked....with ETD ears are blocked.  Are you able to pop them, by squeezing nostrils

    together and blowing ?

    I haven't had a holiday abroad for years due to suffering ETD and also perforations...too scared to


    Go to your doctor and ask if he'll prescribe Flixonase Aqueous Steroid Nasal Spray, you may find

    this will help.  I do hope you and your cousin aren't stuck with Tinnitus.  Google Tinnitus and you

    may find something the will help you.


    • Posted

      Yeah but the problem is, tinnitus is not a specific disease, its just how they classify ANY type of ringing in the ears, but there are a wide range of things that can cause that, so tinnitus doesn't really define it...

    • Posted

      Strange how it only started after a flight with both of you.  If you ears aren't blocked, no idea

      what caused it....maybe it's just a waiting game.

      My friend recently was diagnosed with it and they've put it down to stress, which I beleieve,

      as she's been under a great deal of late.

      Also they say one can suffer it when you'v been around loud music.

      Hope it goes away soon for you.



  • Posted

    i had similar encounter after a holiday in Pattaya. Cured initial low pitch ringing with anti viral medicine but now right ear has constant high pitch ringing. ENT advised me to learn to ignore it or train the brain to focus on other things.

    • Posted

      exactly right.  Just try and ignore it and the brain will do the rest.  Not a nice condition to suffer, however,

      I'd rather have tinnitus than suffer ETD that I have for so many years now.



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