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Patulous eustachian tube, ear problems?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by thecomputer, Jun 2, 2017.

  1. thecomputer

    thecomputer Well known member

    Hi

    I have had a problem with my ears and hearing since I was young. Occasionally it has bothered me a lot but i think as I had it since I was young I just accepted it as somehow normal.

    I have just found out it is called patulous eustachian tube, which basically means the tubes stay open more than they should. This leads to hearing your own voice, sounds being too loud, sounding strange and boxey. But the main thing for me is the constant changes in pressure in my ears. When I yawn, talk, sing, or even open my mouth they seem to pop out, but not pop completely. Then they feel like they have bubbles in them and everything is loud. I then have to sniff and 'suck the back in', which is what I consider 'normal'. This is very common from what i have read of others with the same problem. When it is bad it is constant sniffing, trying to balance both ears, equalising etc. It also can feel like deep itchiness in the ears which is impossible to relieve. It is incredibly frustrating, as I am a musician and it really makes things difficult.

    I am just wondering if this could be TMS? I mean its a recognised physical condition, but it seems stress makes it worse for most, maybe they just notice it more? Almost everyone I found online like me has had it since they were kids.

    I am just wondering if it is a bit silly to treat this as TMS, as I feel it is holding me back so much and may need some physical treatment.

    Anyone else suffer from this?
     
  2. Fernando

    Fernando Peer Supporter

    I suffer from the very same since 2011, I have my ups and downs and doctors could find anything conclusive as for me ears. What I've noticed is that it worsens when my neck muscles are tight. I consider it part of TMS along with my other symptoms.
     
  3. thecomputer

    thecomputer Well known member

    Hi Fernando

    Sorry to here you have had the same problem. I am sure mine also gets worse when I am stressed, which is most of the time due to all these physical problems too!!

    I am following this guys advice as people seem to be getting help. Its worth a try :

     

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