Since my last post, I have seen my cardiologist and my ENT specialist. The urologist has now ordered a blood pressure cuff, loop recorder, and to have genetic testing done. My daughter is having similar heart thickening issues, so the genetic testing should determine if the cardiomyopathy I have is hereditary or not. I'm thinking it probably is. I expect my 9 yr. old grandson should also be tested. I'm hoping the 24 hour blood pressure cuff and the loop recorder will give all these "specialists" enough information to be a little more proactive. As for my ear problems, there is probably no connection to my heart. I still think there may be a connection. The perforated eardrum has not closed entirely since the tube was removed, so another patch will be put over it. I found out the patch is made out of cigarette paper…strange! So, that's my update to this point. The last 3 years has been one health issue after another. I guess it's to be somewhat expected when one reaches "geezerdom".