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I am 15 years old and have a long history of ear problems. I had chronic ear infections as a baby, when we lived in Cincinnati Ohio. After several ear drum ruptures I got tubes, which came out after about 3 months. We moved to Humboldt County when I was 2 and had a fair number of ear infections since but they pretty much stopped when I hit puberty.<br><br>
We are an active family and do a lot of surfing, diving, camping, so I spend a lot of time in the car going over the mountains and at the bottom of bodies of water. About 2 years ago I was swimming in a river I dove down to a height I usually dive at, but something went wrong and my ears started hurting like hell. I pretty much cried the whole way home because my ears hurt so bad<br><br>
Things seemed to get better and so I put this incident behind me. About 2 months later I developed difficulty breathing, and had what we guess were asthma attacks on a backpacking trip, and then again at a surf contest. It has been diagnosed as asthma, but we all sort of have our doubts about if it is or isn?t. The dr has never seen me in an attack Now she is taking 5 mg of singulair every day. For a year I was on Pulmicort also, but my dr suggested seeing if I could get by without it.<br><br>
About a year ago I had terrible, hysterical ear pain and car sickness while traveling to Redding and since then I always have to take travel sickness med whenever we go over the mountains.<br><br>
About 6 months ago I began having severe ear pain that would come and go in my daily life. I realized that I was having trouble hearing when my friends started teasing her about saying "what? and huh?" all the time. It feels like my ear drum gets covered with something...everything gets muffled and her hearing fades and fades. Suddenly it pops and everything feels great, but then it immediately begins to muffle again. In Feb. my mom took me in the doctor. I didn?t see my regular DR (he was out of town) but the one I did see looked in my ears, said, "they look fine" and told me that the problem was allergies and gave me some clariten samples. I didn?t take them because I didn?t want to mix meds, or be on anymore then I already am on.<br><br>
My mom made an appt with my regular DR, a pediatrician. He did the test that measures the eardrum movement...the one that spits out a little printout. (Is it called a tympanogram?) In a normal ear this print out would be a bell curve. Mine was a very steep upside down V in both ears. I has some hearing loss in both ears as well. He says that my ear drums are so scarred that they look like tissue paper but there is no sign of infection. He says that he thinks I just has bad eustachian tubes and that I?m going to have to learn to live with it and try to pop her ears. He also suggested that the fact that we live in a moldy house under the redwoods and heat with wood is probably a big contributing factor. We went back for a one month checkup a few weeks ago and were told the same thing again.<br><br>
I agree that these environmental factors are probably great contributors, but I'm a little upset with his suggestion that I am just going to have to learn to deal with the pain. The hearing loss frightens me too. I play the trumpet, and I have began to notice my hearing is affecting my playing, like I have trouble telling if I am playing the right note.<br><br>
Have any of you gone through things like this? If so, tell me how you have dealt with this. I am sick of this, and want to it change, and to be able to have normal ears.
 

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Hey, I'm just whizzing by this thread, to say the ear thing could be Tinnitus, (without having fully read whats up) but on a stint I have something wrote about this which I explained to someone ages ago and which may help you, check with me later if you like.
 

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Just a quick note; remember to put spaces between your paragraphs. Us old people have a hard time reading it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
I had severe problems with ear infections when I was younger. The last one I had caused a growth on my ear drum, causing premanent damage in one ear. I've always had exceptional hearing; mutant hearing as one doctor described it. The loss in the one ear was shocking for me; I couldn't hear as I used to. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot you can do.<br><br><br><br>
I did grow out of the popping noises, though. It took a number of years, but I'm almost 28 and rarely have them. If you're lucky, this maybe the case for you.<br><br><br><br>
As for the pain...There isnt a lot to do about that, either. If it's very bad, take something, but try to live with the pain.<br><br><br><br>
If your hearing is following below a certain standard, however, you maybe able to get a hearing aid. They are a lot smaller then back in the day, when they were the size of your ear. You can get small ones that fit on the back of your ear and even your glasses!<br><br><br><br>
Motion sickness, asthma, allergies are all things that come and go for many people. Don't worry about those things too much. Take medicine if you need it.<br><br><br><br>
If all else fails, have a second opinion from an ear, nose and throat specialist. They maybe able to suggest something that your doctor missed.
 

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I would suggest going to see an Otolaryngologist (big fancy name for ear, nose and throat doctor).<br><br><br><br>
I too had/have ear problems. I have had PE tubes (ear tubes) put in when I was little... but one fell out so I had to have the other surgically removed.<br><br><br><br>
I have a perferated tympanic membrane (ear drum) in my right ear, with considerable hearing loss. I am told the the tympanic membrane is white and rigid looking (all scaring).<br><br><br><br>
I could of had surgery to close the preferated part but I opted not to... because of problems that could of made things worse, and let alone, never want to be as sick as I was when I had the tubes put in... after I came around from anestesia... what a nightmare.<br><br><br><br>
I opted not to swim without ear plugs and a bathing cap over my hair (to aide in prevention of the ear plugs from going out and letting water in.)<br><br><br><br>
I also have minor tinnitus in my right ear as resulted from all the trauma of tubes in and out etc.<br><br><br><br>
When you swim, do you use ear plugs? Do you have problems when taking a shower re: water in ears?<br><br><br><br>
I would highly suggest going to see an Otolaryngologist.... it can't do anything but help. I don't really trust (well, I do but I don't, I have mixed feelings) about a regular doctor taking a look and or diagnosing things with my ear... if I have doubt, I make an appointment with the Otolaryngologist.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and to continue my pointless rambling... have you had your ear checked for abnormal buildup of wax? That too can cause discomfort and hearing loss... as I've had to have buildups removed... it's not a fun thing but it's definately worth it.
 

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I just zipped through your post but wanted to add a few things... I am in Cincinnati (born and raised) and man this is the worst place for ears/nose/throat and breathing ailments! I feel like I have always got a sinus infection or something. Anyway, I am sorry abotu your ear problems <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> My grandmother had something called Minear's Disease (spelling?) and had trouble with pain, balance, hearing from it. She was desperate to get rid of the pain so the DR removed her inner ear. Well, it sure did get rid of the pain but now she *really* has balance troubles and regrets that decision everyday. Sometimes she wears a hearing aid in the other ear but she says it does not help much. So, if it should get really bad don't let them remove anything! I wish you the best of luck with it. Keep us posted.
 

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I would locate the best otolaryngolosist I could find. this problems should not be handled by anyone else. And preferably one who specializes in ears, and hearing, as opposed to one who specializes in voices, throats, or noses and sinuses.
 

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You've already mentioned typanic scarring. Perhaps there may be minor surgery that an expert otolaryningolotist can do to remove some of the scar tissue. You also should have the hearing problem pinpointed -- is it the tympanic membrane, the connecting set of bones, the cochlea, or the nerves from the cochlea to the brain. they should be able to pinpoint the problem these days.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by soilman</i><br><br><b>I would locate the best otolaryngolosist I could find. this problems should not be handled by anyone else. And preferably one who specializes in ears, and hearing, as opposed to one who specializes in voices, throats, or noses and sinuses.</b></div>
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I totally agree with this. I have never had the severity of your problems, but I have allergies, had ear infections and asthma, and I still get occaisional pain and weird noises in my ears. I have been told that allergies can influence this, that fluid can build up.<br><br><br><br>
I would recommend taking the claritin to see if it helps. But yes, if you are not satisified with one Dr.s non-solution, find a much better MD. There is very wide variation btwn physicians, and especially a specialist will know WAY more than your GPs.<br><br><br><br>
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Recent studies have found that tubes for ear infections don't really improve things after all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I think there is evidence that dairy is connected to chronic ear problems especially in kids. So if somebody tells you that you should drink milk again to get healthy, don't...
 

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