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My left ear...

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by tufnuts, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. Really really sucks. I've had probs with it...well since birth! I've had a total of 3 tubes in my left ear, and 2 in my right (infections kinda spread through my head). I had a colestiatoma (hope I spelled that right) in my left as a kid, basically a cyst that was removed....along with a lot of my ear canal.

    New chapter this week (this is after all the surgeries as a kid). I've been having real problems lately. Loss of hearing, pain, etc. So my family doc had me on lots of drops/cleanings...etc. Been doing that for a couple of months. Finally decided to send me to a specialist. I get there, dr. looks at my records...take a peek. And nails all the problems I've ever had. Incredible pain/insanity when riding on airplanes...my left ear would not pressurize properly. Fluid noises...etc. Tells me the tube that goes between my nasal cavity and my inner ear does not exist. Lordy, wish I woulda known that a long time ago.

    Puts me under the microscope, and yanks out a chunk of.....oh god....dead skin/wax/etc. It was literally 3/8" around...just barely fit through the outside of my ear. About an inch long also. That could explain all of the infections/sickness lately. Guys...this thing was huge. Kinda looked like a catapiller. I got woozy as soon as I saw it. I can't understand how it could....oh lordy. Nasty nasty.

    So, go in for a audiogram next. They find out that I have far below normal hearing in that ear when just sounds are used...but if my nerve/bone is stimulated then it's above average, same goes for the right ear also. Interestingly, when just the stimulator is used...my left ear is better than my right.

    So next, dr. decides I need a tube in my left ear. He wants to do it right danged now. Last time I had one, they had to put me under. He's convinced that he can do it w/ just a local. So, 5 syringes of anesthic later I'm getting a new hole put in my eardrum. Sucks out the fluid, puts a tube it in. Now I'm just about to throw up, half my face is numb. Time to go home, schedule an appointment for next week.

    Now everything is so loud, it gives me a headache. So what do I have to do that night? That's right, band practice. Thank god we use in-ear monitors, so I can control my own volume. Halfway through it, my ear pops again and drains off some more fluid. Now everything is about twice as loud as it was. It's literally about to make me sick again, it's that tramatic. Turn down the monitor again.

    It's gotten better over the last couple of days. Getting used to it. Was fun at work, I could hear conversations all the way at the end of the office. Crazy.

    BTW, when he did all the work it made my ear bleed. Lovely, just what I enjoy.

    Maybe this is the last time. The tube stays in permanentally now.

    Anyone else with really sucky ears?
  2. Benbass


    Jan 28, 2002
    Ooh, sorry to hear that. No pun intended. I hope that this will be the end of your ordeal. I've always had slight hearing damage, but nothing like you've described.
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    eew....hmm...I think my left ear hears better than my right....I also think my left eye sees better than my right...however I'm right handed :meh:
  4. i've had 4 tubes in my ears by the time i was 7, i got a reconstructive eardrum in my right ear when i was 8, they took a chunk of cartilege (sp?) from my left ear and put it in my right
  5. Dumfish


    Oct 6, 2001
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    I had the worst pain in my ears when I was 3-6. The doctor said that I was a candidate for ear tubes. Fortunately the pain went away and I've been pretty normal ever since.

    Sorry, to hear about your ordeal.

    Pain Sucks!
  6. That's sucks. I have a friend who has had similar problems the last 4 months or so. He is going in for his second surgery pretty soon.
  7. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    I was plagued with horrible ear infections when I was a little tyke, so I got tubes put in when I was about 3 I think...

    The tubes have fallen out years ago, and my hearing is very good. Luckily, no complications came from my childhood ear problems. My hearing is better than average, but I take very good care of it. Ear plugs are a necessity.

    I hope you get through this as quickly and painlessly as possible, tufnuts, but I am sure it feels like they chose the most painful and tedious route to fix it. But keep looking up (hopefully your eyes stay strong ;) ), and you'll be through this in no time :)
  8. I was pretty much deaf by the age of 6. I had the tubes put in and complete sinus clean out. That restored my hearing. Its scary the first day out of hospital. I was so scared, i could hear things like the kettle boiling. Never heard it before. hmm

    I have slight ringing in my ears even now, but i keep it in check.


  9. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    I had that stuff going on when I was 7 or so. Hospital room, anestesia, surgery, tubes, all that junk. Felt like crap for few weeks and had to wear a bicycle helmet because I would fall into walls and bang my head up.

    But now I can hear great. I love life.
  10. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    sounds like you have a bionic ear now. you need to have a "bionic woman" pic as your avatar. :D

    seriously, i think it's really great that you have found out what seems to be the problem you have been enduring - sounds like this guy might have finally nailed the issue.
  11. man...you made me cring that jole time
  12. :D

    It goes along good with my alloplast I had on my knee. Which is ACL replacement, WITH A CADAVERS ACHILLES TENDON. Lol.

    So I'm part bionic, part undead. That'll make ya sleep well at night!
  13. Danham

    Danham Guest

    Feb 11, 2003
    Shreveport LA
    I dealt with hearing problems my whole childhood. It took me so long to learn to talk my parents sent me to a school for the deaf when I was like 3 or 4.:meh: But I just couldn't hear because of fluid buildup on my ear. I went through I don't know how many pairs of tubes. Then somehow I developed a hole in the eardrum of my left ear. I then had like 5 tympanoplasties to patch up the hole but it kept coming back. I also have 10% hearing loss in my right ear from nerve damage I sustained from a very high fever as an infant. I feel you pain Tufnuts. I was traumatized as a child because doctors were always digging in my ears with hooks.:bawl:
  14. downstairs


    May 13, 2001
    Pasadena, MD
    That really really sucks about your ears, but yeah, it is fun when you get your hearing back after not having it for a bit, cuz you can hear ANYTHING.

    Also, Strong Bad is the MAN.
  15. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Hopefully your hearing will be 'normal' in the near future, from what I gather you've had to put up with a crappy ear for a while now:bawl:

    I used to frequently get ear infections which was a bit of a bummer, but nothing really severe. Fortunatly they seem to have calmed down after the age of about 14, so didnt effect my interest in music (and bass!). My dad's deaf in his left ear so that could have played a part in it, but I doubt it to be honest.

    I once had my ears syrenged which didn't hurt at all - they have a nifty lil' pump the size of a biro with a narrower end that pumps warm water into your ear, washing out any wax etc that flows with the water into a 'cup' held below your ear.

    EDIT: oh yeah, did you get a picture of the thing that was mined from your ear, I'd like to see it (I know that sounds sick but I'm curious).
  16. yoshi


    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    One of my mates was telling me about when he came off his motorbike and damaged his knee and how he'd had a bionic knee joint installed. After going along with his story then taunting him the bionic knee turned out to be stitches :rolleyes:
  17. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000