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Posted by: Earing | 2006/11/15

Hearing

Hi Doc
I am 35 and went to have grommets put in my ears 2 days ago as I have difficulty flying with my ears. The ENT did the procedure in his rooms under local anaethestic. While doing the second ear, I moved my head and the grommet fell into the middle ear...to cut a long story short, I got extreme vertigo and began vomitting, was put into ICU and have just returned home from my ordeal. I went for a hearing test yesterday which shows my hearing is lower than what it should be. The one grommet is in and okay, the second grommet was removed. I am in a situation now where I can hardly hear out of my left ear and have tinnitus sounds. Its so uncomfortable!!! Do you know how long this will take to heal? Will it heal? Is there a chance the eardrum wont heal? My ears feel totally blocked, do you think its safe to take a sudafed to see if it helps this blocked feeling?
The ENT was in a hurry this morning at the hospital and I did not have a chance to ask these questions...
Thanks for your time

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Dear Earing
It will probably recover if the whole episode did not injure your small bones in the middle ear. The eardrum usually heals within 10 days - the blocked feeling is due to swelling and the fact that the eardrums now have small holes in them - it will get better - sudafed won't really help.
Phone his office and ask his secretary when you can talk to him - it is important to know exactly what the damage was and what the prognosis is.

There is medication you can take for the tinnitus and vertigo - are you still on something?

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