I’ll give you a brief bit of info on how my problem came about.
Its probably worth mentioning that i worry about everything! Especially anything to do with my ears!
About a year ago i started my job at an airport as a storeman. One day walking across the apron back to the hangar a turbo prop aircraft was started up. As i was carrying something at the time i plugged my left ear with a fingered but my right was exposed to about 20 seconds of noise. I estimate it to have been around 120db (about as loud as a concert i went to 3 years ago which gave me T)
On returning to the hanagrs stores i didn’t notice any problem straightaway. But after 5 minutes i thought i’d cup my ears and see if they where ringing. They weren’t but i noticed a slight loss of hearing in my right ear.
Over the next few days i focused and obsessed over the problem. I was always plugging my ears and checking them. My right ear felt pressurised. It was about this time i started trying to pop them, by pinching my nose. I found i could easily pop my left ear but my right simply would not pop all it did was hiss and squelch (if that makes any sense). I also found that if i cupped my right ear and pumped on it slightly my ear would crack and pop. I also found that if i placed my finger behind my right ear (into the soft part) and pushed slightly it would also crack this way. Sometimes cracking then minutes later cracking again of its own acord. (I say cracking as im unsure what the noise was. It was almost like the ear drum popping in)
Eventually i went to the doctor and he said i had a slightly retracted ear drum and gave me some anti biotics and nasal spray. These drugs did nothing to help and slowly i slipped into depression which ruined my relationship and caused me to loose my house.
Skip forwards a year and i’m still suffering with the same problem. My ear feels pressurised and like it wants to pop (or be popped with a pin). I still feel i can hear better with my left ear than my right.
I went to the doctor again today and he has refered me to the ENT. He mentioned i have a lot of wax i n my left (good) ear and only a slight bit in my right (Bad) ear. Im so scared that he’ll clean out the left and the hearing loss on the right will become even more pronouced.
During the time i’ve had a constantly blocked nostril on the right side which when it unblocks i feel slightly normal.
Everyday i’m full of anxiety and can’t help but worry constanlty about this problem. I dare say its ruined my life I don’t want to feel like this forever. My son’s due to be born soon and i don’t want this problem over shadowing what should be a new and exciting time for me.
Well thats my story,