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Has anyone suffered from glue ear as an adult?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by marmot.morveux, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    ...apparently that is what I have and it is driving me mad! I've found out that usually only children have it - so I would be interested if anyone has had it as an adult and what they did? It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't an MFL teacher, but I just have this constant sensation of being underwater. Sorry to moan, but just need to vent a bit. I'll be returning to the doctors next week, because I want to get my nose checked too, as I wondered if it was linked to breathing problems. MM
     
  2. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    ...apparently that is what I have and it is driving me mad! I've found out that usually only children have it - so I would be interested if anyone has had it as an adult and what they did? It wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't an MFL teacher, but I just have this constant sensation of being underwater. Sorry to moan, but just need to vent a bit. I'll be returning to the doctors next week, because I want to get my nose checked too, as I wondered if it was linked to breathing problems. MM
     
  3. My brother-in-law has it. He has to avoid dairy products as that makes it worse and it affects his pilot's licence. It is probably worth altering your diet and seeing if that has an effect.
     
  4. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I get it. Having said that, I seem to be in a better phase of it at the moment.
    Sudafed helps minimally when I get a cold. A steroidal nasal spray also helps sometimes.
    I'd like to have grommets again, but they won't do it. My hearing isn't consistently poor enough.
     
  5. Yes, I get it/have it too.
    My is definitely more dull on one side than the other and I get a "swimmy" feeling and feel that there is water trickling in my ear. Sometimes, I even hear a "squelchy" noise when I eat.
    It will definitely be connected to problems with your nose.
     
  6. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Thank you for your replies everyone. Out of interest, how do you deal with it when around kids? I seem to be barking at them a lot these days - although part of that will be the fact I'm at a new school. At the other extreme with nicer kids, I'm either apologising or saying; 'I can't hear you, this class is too noisy.' Btw, currently one ear feels like it won't pop, whilst the other has glue ear - I guess this could be a coping mechanism..... It's interesting to have your replies, as everywhere I've read advice aimed at parents of those with glue ear or those who teach them! Anyway, chin up, it's just preventing me being my usual positive self. Thanks again everyone, it's made me feel slightly better, knowing I'm not alone. MM
     
  7. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    Oh....I forgot to say....I was getting dizzy spells in the term before Christmas, mainly when in bed, if I got up too quickly, although those have stopped.....
     
  8. onmyknees

    onmyknees Established commenter

    Have you asked to be referred to an ENT specialist? My mother had something similar and only got it sorted out after attending an ENT department in her local hospital simply because they had much more sophisticated equipment. I think as GPs have more pressure they simply don't have the time to persue more complicated cases nowadays! Good Luck!
     
  9. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    ....that's a very good idea - I did think of that...briefly... :) It's true that we expect our GPs to be miracle workers...when to be fair it's often experimental mechanics with the human body.
     
  10. Definitely worth going to ENT. I have it and have had 2 sets of grommets, although the latest set haven't worked. When it is bad in the classroom I have a hearing aid to wear, not ideal but better than not being able to hear what's going on.
     
  11. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Try pinching your nose and swallowing.
     
  12. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    If you don't mind me asking, what is the procedure for having grommets like? I'm a bit sensitive about my ears since having an abscess in one when I was a kid.
     
  13. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    How effective is the hearing aid?
     
  14. Noja

    Noja Senior commenter

    Just a word of caution re blocking your nose and swallowing - my daughter burst both eardrums doing that on the advice of the ENT doctor. Sometimes they give you balloons to blow up with your nose - they did the same thing. Very painful.
     
  15. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    Not a big issue.
    They put a small piece of cotton wool with a local anaesthetic against my ear drum with tweezers. After 10 minutes, I lay on my side, and the cotton wool was removed. An incision was made, a suction device removed the glue, then the grommet was inserted. I felt nothing, and it took approximately one minute, if that.
    Turn onto the other side, and repeat... then walk away. No pain. It felt a bit weird as the anaesthetic wore off, but not as unpleasant as a dental anaesthetic wearing off. My hearing was immediately improved.
     
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  17. OMG YES!
    This is the first time to read about others with similar or same symptoms.
    Underwater, dizzy, burning ear/jaw/head pain, clicking(like taking pictures sound) stabbing ear pain, grogginess, etc...
    So many symptoms that stop normal living, functional activities. It varies within each day and you feel/go crazy!. Doctors diminish, dismiss as chronic pain or med addiction. I have pleaded with doctors and actively pursue treatment without opoids. Currently on a 8 month waitlist for neurologist. I am 54 and had the problems for 2yrs now.
    U Tube videos have helped some with swallowing and or drinking with a pinched nose does take the 'edge' off.
    Great luck to all!
     
  18. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

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