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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Nutty professor | 2007/05/25

Q.

Ear problem

I had an ear infection about January of last year. A fluttering sensation and waited about three weeks before I went to my GP. My GP said that there was moisture that had already become thick and slimy. I was given antibiotics and cortezone but the fluttering sensation persisted. I have since then been to three different ENT's. I experience a cold sensation in my ear like someone has stuck a piece of ice in my ear/ or blowing in my ear and a sensation of pins and needles on my cheek. I have now been given tablets that are used for patients with epilepsy and I obtained a mouth piece for teethgrinding. Problem still persists. Any good advice that will make this go away for ever PLEASE. I am desperate!!

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Nutty Professor

When you have ear infection, the Eustachian tubes swell up and prevent the middle ear from draining fluid. The fluttering that you are experiencing might be from some swelling in the tubes that are not fully gone. The important thing is to get those middle ears healthy again. Make sure your general health is good and that you have no problems upper respiratory infection, sinusitus or post nasal drips. You can also start "exercising" your middle ears. Chewing something like bubble gum or jellies work well. You can also try to equalize a little but make sure not to put any excessive pressure on the middle ear.

Use your mouth piece it might be that you had a slight inflammation of the TM joint (Temporo-madibular joint), with the teethgrinding.

Stick to the treatment that the ENT's have you on and make sure that your general health is as good as possible.

Please let me know if you have any further questions

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse
Izabelle Pieterse

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