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What's wrong with my ear?!!!

(36 Posts)
Purplerainbow Tue 21-Mar-17 19:54:08

The other week, a very annoying sort of whooshing pulsating noise developed in one ear. Lasted a few days and went. It has come back again and is doing my head in. Google comes up with tinnitus?? I can hear fine out of that ear and I have been using drops at night but it doesn't seem to be helping. I'm flying on Sunday and really worried about the air pressure?

Can anyone help?!

ArriettyClock1 Tue 21-Mar-17 20:04:54

Try and get it looked at asap. If it's wax and needs syringing, you'll need to get it done asap as you cant have it done within 48 hours of flying.

Godstopper Tue 21-Mar-17 20:10:32

Pulsatile tinnitus.

Chances of it being caused by wax are about zero.

Chances of air pressure doing any damage. Very low.

You do, however, need to get this checked out if it's persistent as there can be more sinister causes (remote, but possible). The cause is turbulent blood flow past your eardrum. What's causing that? Perhaps a kink in an artery (benign). A blood vessel attached to the eardrum (harmless). But you need to rule out e.g. aneurysms. You'll probably notice it more at night when lying down.

Mine is a side effect of cochlear implant surgery. It sometimes drives me mad hearing my heartbeat and whooshing, but I'm not in any danger.

Purplerainbow Tue 21-Mar-17 20:22:04

Ah man really? Bet I can't get an appointment. Can the gp just look in the ear and say yes it's tinnitus? Obviously I know they can see any wax build up....

I read somewhere stress can cause tinnitus. I'm very stressed at the moment, does any one know if that's true?

Purplerainbow Tue 21-Mar-17 20:23:16

I can hear it as loudly in the day as I can at night....

It made me feel a bit sick as at first i thought it felt like what it would if a moth got stuck in there and was flapping its wings!!!

ArriettyClock1 Tue 21-Mar-17 20:26:12

There are so many possible causes, it's worth getting it checked out.

Having said that, my dh had it for 10 years and the GP told him 'it was one of those things' every time he mentioned it (it wasn't, in his case).

Purplerainbow Tue 21-Mar-17 20:51:29

There's always been something wrong with my ears, I had a hearing test done at about 18 or so as when I was texting (phones obv used to have proper buttons!) the tapping would sort of echo in my ears but they couldn't find anything wrong. It happens quite often but also at random times.

Godstopper Tue 21-Mar-17 20:52:47

Stress can, but this is a different type of tinnitus that usually has a vascular origin. Most causes are harmless, but it's one that does need checking out just incase.

Purplerainbow Tue 21-Mar-17 20:54:45

My dad has tinnitus and finally wears a hearing aid but his problems were caused by using heavy equipment without using ear defenders for a long time when he was younger! I hope it is wax and not just 'one of those things' as it's doing my head in!

Purplerainbow Wed 22-Mar-17 05:55:49

So I'm guessing gp can only really do anything if it's wax ?

Newmanwannabe Wed 22-Mar-17 06:05:56

I get this sometimes. It's awful. I have found a heat pack sometimes helps with the symptoms, or what about trying a chiro or physio?

I haven't had it checked out yet, as I never seem to have the time and then it goes away. I do think you should get checked though

Purplerainbow Wed 22-Mar-17 06:20:13

I see a chiro regularly, she does manipulate as well as cranial ... do you think it could be possible that would help then?

Purplerainbow Wed 22-Mar-17 07:47:48

Should i try an ear candle before going to gp? I'm going to struggle getting an appointment ..

Newmanwannabe Wed 22-Mar-17 08:01:31

I suppose the ear candle isn't going to do any harm, I'd be more inclined to see your chiro, and maybe even take some anti inflammatories regularly (if you're allowed them) for a couple of days and see if that helps incase its related to pressure on a nerve?

SafeToCross Wed 22-Mar-17 08:08:08

I seem to recall I went to audiology with this and a doctor drew me a diagram to show how the sound occurs. Worth getting assessed when you have time. You can get things like this to relieve pressure if you have pressure with it (but I wouldn't dare take it on a flight!) I would try to get a referral when you get home.

Purplerainbow Wed 22-Mar-17 08:23:40

WELL I managed to get an appointment this morning! I'm surprised!

SafeToCross Wed 22-Mar-17 21:42:44

How did it go?

Purplerainbow Thu 23-Mar-17 06:27:22

THanks for checking, that's kind. Gp said it was wax blush and a load of it. Thats what causing the noise I can hear, she said it's sound going over and getting trapped. She wasn't very helpful really with regards to me flying etc

Sort of said I should leave it then sort of said get them syringed...

I can't get them syringed as there aren't any appointments free before I fly. So I'm just carrying on with the otex ear drops but I'm worried about the plane and the air pressure!

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picklemepopcorn Thu 23-Mar-17 07:27:08

You can get someone to help you do your ears... Got a sporny friend or partner?

Use a syringe and warm water. A few minutes after you've put ear drops in, lean over the sink and squirt the water into your ears. Do it lots of times. After a while the crackling from the drops stops. Lumps of wax will come out.

I do it for DH, save him going to the surgery.

Don't use cotton buds!

Purplerainbow Thu 23-Mar-17 07:31:49

No no one to do that for me! Could I do it myself? Won't I just end up with aload of water behind the wax?!

Purplerainbow Thu 23-Mar-17 07:34:47

webble I found one of those clinics not too far from me but so expensive!! Have you used them yourself?

Purplerainbow Thu 23-Mar-17 08:43:56

My dads to had the suction thing done and said it hurt??

ArriettyClock1 Thu 23-Mar-17 13:15:03


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