Myringotomy: How long til the ear feels normal?

Posted by chelmsford @chelmsford, 6 days ago

Hi!! New to the group and wondering if anyone has had this procedure (no tube)
I had it done 5 days ago and my ear feels more blocked / and pressure then before – and ringing – anyone experience this? And if so how long til the ear feels normal

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Hello @cchelmsford – welcome to Mayo Connect. I hope we can help you find the answers you need.

I am not familiar with the procedure of myringotomy (putting a hole in the ear drum) without having tubes placed. Can you explain what led up to it?

Sue

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@sueinmn

Hello @cchelmsford – welcome to Mayo Connect. I hope we can help you find the answers you need.

I am not familiar with the procedure of myringotomy (putting a hole in the ear drum) without having tubes placed. Can you explain what led up to it?

Sue

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Hi sue – just after Father’s Day I got a bad cold -fever -sore throat -headache- & ear infection— took Augmentin for 10 days went back & got it checked several times, and it was healing properly but the fluid in the middle ear stayed —-I waited it out 3 months and saw 3 ENTs for opinions —hoping it would go away on its own — but it didn’t so the ENT did this procedure- she said if this had been a chronic condition that I have been dealing with multiple times she would’ve put the tube in but since it was an isolated incident at the moment we would try this first —-she numbed it, made a tiny hole and sucked out the fluid — but since the second she did it – it feels solid blocked/pressure and ringing. I’m not sure it would feel any different if she had placed the tube as is the very same procedure without tube placement

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@chelmsford

Hi sue – just after Father’s Day I got a bad cold -fever -sore throat -headache- & ear infection— took Augmentin for 10 days went back & got it checked several times, and it was healing properly but the fluid in the middle ear stayed —-I waited it out 3 months and saw 3 ENTs for opinions —hoping it would go away on its own — but it didn’t so the ENT did this procedure- she said if this had been a chronic condition that I have been dealing with multiple times she would’ve put the tube in but since it was an isolated incident at the moment we would try this first —-she numbed it, made a tiny hole and sucked out the fluid — but since the second she did it – it feels solid blocked/pressure and ringing. I’m not sure it would feel any different if she had placed the tube as is the very same procedure without tube placement

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Wow, that is interesting. I have spent many years with fluid in the ear, and had tubes a few times. I do have a lay person's opinion – the trauma of numbing & puncturing probably irritated your middle ear, leading to your symptoms. If you are accustomed to swallowing or or blocking your nose to clear your ears, neither will work with the hole there.
Have you called the ENT to report what happened?
Sue

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@sueinmn

Wow, that is interesting. I have spent many years with fluid in the ear, and had tubes a few times. I do have a lay person's opinion – the trauma of numbing & puncturing probably irritated your middle ear, leading to your symptoms. If you are accustomed to swallowing or or blocking your nose to clear your ears, neither will work with the hole there.
Have you called the ENT to report what happened?
Sue

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Hi – yes I have contacted her and she is not concerned – but the procedure to put the tube in is exactly the same – they would still puncture the ear drum and drain the fluid and then put the tube in – so the trama would be the same – I was told I would feel slight improvement as soon as she did the procedure but still would be muffed – but in my case it just feels fully blocked and pressured that’s why I feel concerned

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Hi –
Is anyone here dealing with Fluid trapped in the middle ear? I am dealing with it now and seem to be having difficulty finding a solution.

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@chelmsford

Hi –
Is anyone here dealing with Fluid trapped in the middle ear? I am dealing with it now and seem to be having difficulty finding a solution.

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@chelmsford, have you been to an ENT specialist? What has been tried so far?

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@colleenyoung

@chelmsford, have you been to an ENT specialist? What has been tried so far?

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Hi Colleen –
Yes I have been to an ENT I actually went to a few to get a second opinion they did a procedure called a Myringotomy Without tube placement because I had never had this issue before she wanted to try just poking a hole and sucking out the fluid. They told me that I would feel relief pretty much right away but we still have slightly muffled hearing. But since the second they did the procedure it’s fully blocked and ringing very loudly and I don’t know if that’s a common thing after that procedure she wasn’t concerned it’s been one week so far she’s going to see me when it’s been three weeks but I feel nervous and wanted to know if anybody had experienced this

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…wish I could help.. I have tinnitus which I would swear a machine is running outside my house; hyperacusis which makes flushing the toilet seem like a mini niagara falls; musical ear – this morning woke up to my you tube tape playing in background, choir softly singing in left ear and machinery noise in right; BUT also have moderate hearing loss where can only hear half what my spouse is saying! ENT we only have 2 here, wait year if not urgent… one told me would not put tubes in as half the time get infected; now in past week have had head spells of mix of dizzy/pain/pressure/vomiting enough to go to emerge but no diagnosis. Feel a bit wobbly so no fast moves… in a small town and other illnesses …. so not sure latest problems to do with my inner ear or not.. I sympathize with you … Dr. tells you
3 weeks but that 21 days of symptoms and worry …. hope someone can answer your question here or point you to answer… J.

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