Tinnitus with changing positions and ear pressure with fluctuating hearing loss in right ear.

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I’m experiencing tinnitus with changing positions. Certain postures are suitable while others are not, moreover when i sleep lying on either side of ear there’s fluid feeling in ears along with slight ear ache and pain by side of ear for 10 or so seconds.

I considered it to be neck related problem and consulted ortheopedist and rheumatologist. MRI/ X-rays and their opinion concluded my neck is fine plus i don’t have any symptoms related to cervical pain.

In addition, after taking shower(i use cotton buds to prevent water going in) or using elevator or drinking excessive water, pressure in my right ear gets disturbed though sometimes eating something restores pressure especially if it is caused by drinking water.

What could possibly the problem?

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    HI Aron - I think you took a script right out of my playbook on T... I have the same issues. Especially, laying on my right side as opposed to my left. The shower aggravates the fullness feeling in my head and ears. I use nose sprays which work  for short periods.

    Have you tried chewing gum?   

    It certainly sounds like a eustachian tube dysfunction. That's what I was told. I have lost most of the hearing in my left ear and just hope my right ear continues to be ok. I can live with the never ending T.. The loss of hearing has me anxious and depressed at the same time.

    I am reluctant to every fly again anywhere as airplanes put my T in orbit and I suffer for days. 

    Not sure if you've seen a good ENT? You mention several other doctors but not an ENT.. 

    I hope you get a handle on your T. I can honestly relate to everything you've shared with us and know what you're going through.

     

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      How'd you lose your hearing in left? I mean how it progressed? For me my left ear is idk like  70 percent deaf since 5 years or something, i never checked it. Meanwhile hearing in my right goes down to 100 percent loss ocassionally and recovers fully over period of 5-8 days. What's your case?

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      Not really sure other than I have had an ongoing battle with my ears since I was about 6 years old. Started with absessed ears all the time, I remember getting shots of penicillin as a kid... I then was a drummer in a rock band for several years and played drums for quite a while. I compounded the problem by not using ear protection with power equipment around my home while doing my own landscaping. I then remember I had a German Shepherd that would bark loudly in my face when she got excited and sometimes it was so loud, my ears would ring for a while after.. So, I've battled with tinnitus and hearing loss for many years.

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    Hi Aron, It would be a good idea to see an audiologist to have your hearing tested, but mainly to see what your eustachian tubes are doing. A tympanogram is a quick test that will tell you if there is a problem with the pressure in your ears. It would be good to get them to test your ears after drinking excessive water. If nothing shows up from this, see a TMJ specialist if the rheumatologist didn't assess your jaw. A change in tinnitus with a change in jaw position is often a sign that TMJ is the cause (Google it to find out if you think this is the problem.) Good luck!!

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      Already got my hearing tests done, problem with me is along with this hearing in right ear is going and recovering back ocassionally over period of 5-7 days since a year. Have you heard of case like this?
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      When your hearing goes down is it because of middle ear hearing loss (conductive hearing loss) or does it show up as sensorineural? If it is sensorineural it can sometimes be a blockage in the blood supply to the ear. I have only seen that twice but when one of the people had a stent inserted in their artery, their sensorineural hearing improved permanently. In 20 years it's the only time I have ever seen anything like that, but everything is worth exploring when you are not finding a solution.

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      Hi Aron what country and city do you live in? If you have hearing loss, a hearing aid will bring external sound into your ear which usually masks the tinnitus. You would need a volume control for your fluctuating hearing so that you can turn the volume up when your hearing gets worse.  Have you had an angiogram (where dye is injected into your blood vessels to see if there is any narrowing around the ear and neck area? If jaw movement/swallowing and laying on that side affects the tinnitus/hearing, it could be a narrow blood vessel (I'm not a doctor though!!!) and definitely worth exploring. If ETD is a problem, see if you can find an ENT who will balloon your eustachian tubes. This procedure is more common in America and from what I have read, seems to be becoming more common in England. Chewing/laying on the ear may increase fluid in the middle ear which increases the hearing loss which means you hear the tinnitus more loudly. I hope it's given you a few more options to explore? Please let me know how you go!!! smile

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      I Already use hesring sid in my left ear when right is down, it is sensorineural. I can't use hearing aid in my right because hearing loses down to 100 percent then after 3-4 days it gradually starts to recover until 7-8 day.

      When hearing is recovered jn right tinnitus fades away until when it's about to go doen agay, I hear two or more tinnitus in day followed by constant tinnitus when hearing is completely lost.

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      And uh...One ent gave me 24 days steroid(prednisolone) course considering it auto immune ear disease but attacks became more frequent after that instead of improvement it got worse.

      I'm currently doing physiotherapy for my neck and shoulder muscle spasm to see if it helps. Then I"ll move onto TMJ. Ent's I've seen don't think it to be middle ear problem since it's sensonueral and fact hearing is recovering back means nerve isn't damaged neither any inner ear part but something external maybe blood flow can be a cause.

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    Hi Aron,

    An inner ear problem.. go to the ear doc...could be fluid, could be something else, could be blocked eustacion tube.

    kind regards

    judith

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      I visited like every ent in my city, they can't diagnose it because they've never seen this case and they're not eager to take risk.

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