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?