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Old 6th December 2006, 05:05 AM   #1
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Default Double Ear Infection

I have to whine! I just picked up a NASTY head cold and have a double ear infection on top of bronchitis. SO. . . While coughing my head off and wishing I could just get some comfy rest, I can't really enjoy listening to my stereo while I am sitting around due to the constant pressure and ringing in my ears. Imagine not being able to pop your ears for 4 days. . . .

Anyway, I am here at home missing work and I can't even enjoy the time off. . . How awful.

I figured if anyone would understand, you guys would!!
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Old 6th December 2006, 05:17 AM   #2
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Old 6th December 2006, 05:22 AM   #3
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Hi dfdye,

I understand all too well what you are going through. Just recently got over a rotten middle-ear infection myself and there aren't too many people I'd wish it upon

Mine left me with tinnitus that was so bad, so loud that I was waking in a foetal position - that's when I could get to sleep. Food made me nauseous and frankly it's the worst thing I've been through.

Though the tinnitus is still there it's far less noticeable than it was and it seems to get a little better each week. It's been a few months now.

So this is really just to assure you that if the tinnitus gets worse as the ear unblocks, things will likely get better. My prognosis is I have good hearing but this can take 6 months to settle! It was at least a month after the ear unblocked that I began enjoying music again.

Good luck mate
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Old 6th December 2006, 05:27 AM   #4
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As tempting as it is (Since that would mean I get to build all new stuff) I'll suffer though it for a little longer!

Thanks for the offer, though!
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Old 6th December 2006, 05:40 AM   #5
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Mine left me with tinnitus that was so bad, so loud that I was waking in a foetal position - that's when I could get to sleep.
Mine is not that bad, but this is definitely the worst part. Unfortunately, I was right beside a piece of tubing that blew up and I had tinnitus for a week or so getting over that. It is about the same level of ringing, but definitely more annoying because of the pressure.

Glad to hear you had a full recovery!
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Old 6th December 2006, 07:25 AM   #6
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I hate ear infections. I've had too many to count. I still have a tube in my right ear, and my hearing is about 10db down(!) compared to my left.

I hope you make a speedy recovery with no lingering ill effects!
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Old 8th December 2006, 05:20 AM   #7
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A random observation:

I noticed today that even though my ears still haven't popped, if I use my headphones, I can hear MUCH better for some reason. I am sure there is a great explanation for this, but I have no idea what it is. No matter the cause, I had to share that I was able to work on my computer at home and enjoy music!

I didn't even have to turn the volume up relative to my normal listening levels, so I don't think it was simply a volume issue.

I am still sick as a dog, but at least I was a little happier today!

David

BTW, if anyone is interested, I have a pair or ATH-A900's that I listen to un-amped. I absolutely love them despite them being a tiny bit bass heavy. But hey, I have my sub cranked up a little too high too, so I guess that is just me.
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Old 8th December 2006, 05:37 AM   #8
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I had a ton of ear infections when I was a kid, and have the followng combination to reccomend.

1. Guafenacin + sudafed. Guafenacin is an old-school decongestant which is pretty much harmless, and does a marvellous job of getting loose the crud at the bak of your throat. Sudafed is sudafed - it works, while a lot of the replacements do not.

2. Take a hot shower. While in the shower, repeatedly yawn, hum, and, if you're brave enough, yodel. This will help drain the fluid from behind your ears and equalize the pressure, which will in turn help your body to end the infection.

3. Eat a burrito with a massive amount of salsa verde on it. I live very, very close to a good (albiet non-authentic) mexican resturant, and a good steak fajita burrito with about a cup of the "extra hot" green salsa (which is actually pretty weak) thrown on can do wonders - you'll need a good-sized stack of napkins just to blow your nose.

4. Prop up your head while sleeping, and sleep on your back. I actually have a special pillow I bought for exactly this reason.

Say what you will, the above cure works pretty well, is doctor-approved (humming and yawning both open your eustacean tubes), and, in the case of a burrito, is yummy.
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Old 8th December 2006, 05:53 AM   #9
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A random observation:

I noticed today that even though my ears still haven't popped, if I use my headphones, I can hear MUCH better for some reason. I am sure there is a great explanation for this, but I have no idea what it is. No matter the cause, I had to share that I was able to work on my computer at home and enjoy music!
Watch out ! There is a very good chance that the infection is now living on your earpeice.

Take care with any ear infection and make sure you see your Dr.
Infections can cause profound hearing loss that is unreversable

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Say what you will, the above cure works pretty well, is doctor-approved (humming and yawning both open your eustacean tubes), and, in the case of a burrito, is yummy.
All VERY good suggestions, and in the case of Sudafed, I am on that 24/7 lately. I'll try the shower yodel tomorrow. I also love the burrito suggestion! We have a place in town that specializes in "California style" burritos, which basically translates into healthy stuff thrown into a burrito. They are astoundingly good, despite what might first come to mind (my favorite has rice, grilled chicken, pinto and black beans beans, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh herbs Mmmmmm. . . . . .) They have the greatest tomatillo salsa I have ever tasted, plus they use fresh cilantro, so that is a sinus un-clogger too!

As for getting the infection on the ear piece of my headphones, I must admit I don't really see the issue here. The ATH-A900's are massive, around-the-ear cans that barely touch my ears, let alone my ear canals. I will, however, play it safe and use some Lysol, so thanks for the suggestion. Oh, and I went to the Dr. Tuesday. I am going to call and go back tomorrow since this thing hasn't broken yet, but believe me I am QUITE concerned about hearing loss from this. Fortunately, the pressure hasn't been painfully bad since Wednesday, but the pressure is definitely still there. Azithromycin has always cured what has ailed me, but so far it hasn't taken this thing out yet. This ear infection coupled with bronchitis has NOT been fun.

Anyhow, thanks for the concern/empathy, guys!
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