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Postby jtan on Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:54 pm

hi there,

is it just normal to have echo feeling when you talk when the tubes are in? right now i have some sort of feeling something plug on my ear and sounds become weaker, i wonder if i will be able to hear better when the tubes fall out? or no more?

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Postby F1Pilot on Tue Jan 20, 2004 10:14 pm

I'd imagine so since you basically have the PE through your ear. Imagine sticking a tube through a drum head...the heads resonance to the hit will obviously be altered. When didja get the procedure done? When do you have to go back?
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Postby jtan on Wed Jan 21, 2004 12:24 pm

you imagine? you mean you haven't experience it?

i had it last january 15... i'm damn worried about my hearing. i just hope i don't develop tympanosclerosis...
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Postby F1Pilot on Wed Jan 21, 2004 2:24 pm

jtan wrote:i had it last january 15... i'm damn worried about my hearing. i just hope i don't develop tympanosclerosis...
When you say last January...you mean 2003 or do you mean 2004...last week?
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Postby jtan on Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:58 pm

i mean last week...
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Postby F1Pilot on Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:14 pm

Did your doc make mention of what to expect? More than likely, your hearing will be back to normal after the tubes fall out or are removed.
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Postby jtan on Wed Jan 21, 2004 11:51 pm

he mentioned about the echo feeling, but didn't mention about the weaker hearing while on tubes...

now i began worrying about tympanosclerosis...
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Postby jtan on Thu Jan 22, 2004 5:36 am

hi f1pilot,

you had myringotomy before? just curious...
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Postby F1Pilot on Thu Jan 22, 2004 7:22 am

I've never had the procedure done on myself, but have had some of my patients that had the procedure done on them. In their case, it was done mostly for equilibrium problems...procedure done in hopes of releasing the excess fliud that threw off balance, etc.
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Postby jtan on Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:59 am

i see, so you're a doctor!

would like to ask if it's beneficial to remove the tube earlier? i'm thinking of removing it just after 2 weeks to reduce tympanosclerosis...

i assume the removal doesn't require another surgery? because i read somewhere that a surgery is needed if the tubes didn't fall out...
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Postby jtan on Thu Jan 22, 2004 11:00 am

is there a way to reduce the chance of tympanosclerosis?
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Postby F1Pilot on Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:37 pm

I'm not a doctor. I'm a physical therapist. I decided part way through that I didn't have the patience to become a doc. :D

Be patient. The tubes can take anywhere from 2 to 10 months to fall out...supposed average time is 6 months. In other words, I think having the tubes removed after 2 weeks is probably WAY too soon. If they do stay in there (some do fall out), your doc might end up re-checking you to determine when and if he needs to remove them.

I'm not sure how to reduce the occurrance of tympanosclerosis. I'm sure that being smart and safe about your precautions (no water in ears, sneeze with mouth open, avoid blowing nose, etc.) will help matter.
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Postby jtan on Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:28 am

i'm still a bit impatient... i'm wondering what will be the complications if i have the tubes removed... my doctor told me it will last 2-3 months. with 3 months at most. i don't know how he come up with that length of time since i also read on some sites that it will last for 6 to 12 months. maybe, somehow doctors can choose what tubes to use because different tubes have different span of time being at the eardrum?
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Postby F1Pilot on Fri Jan 23, 2004 2:28 pm

jtan wrote: maybe, somehow doctors can choose what tubes to use because different tubes have different span of time being at the eardrum?
I have no idea how a physician decides what kind of tube and how long to leave it in. Sounds like he has a good projection and outlook for you if he's calling for 2-3 months. Sure, it's not 2 weeks like you want, but it's a helluva lot better than 6+ months. I'd say just be religious about adhering to your precautions. I hope that all goes well! :wink:
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Postby jtan on Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:22 am

yeah, that's what i'm going to do, somehow i'm still damned worried... hope things will go well.

thanks a lot!
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Postby F1Pilot on Sat Jan 24, 2004 7:29 am

You're very welcome! It just so happened that I knew at least a lil bit about it. It'll take ultimate patience and discipline to get through it. However, with the 2-3 month projection by your doc...looks to me he/she has a good prognosis for you. Hang in there...
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Postby jtan on Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:50 am

hi there,

my hearing improved lately, probably due to ear drum healing? but have not gone back to where it is before.

the tube are still there i think... how do i know if it did fall out?
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Postby F1Pilot on Wed Jan 28, 2004 9:09 pm

Heya jtan...

That would be my guess. I'm not exactly sure how the eardrum works, but as with any surgeries, the trauma of an incision is the first hurdle to jump. Seems to me that the combo of the healing and the ear being drained of the excess fluid is enabling you to hear better.

To be perfectly honest, I have no idea to tell how the tubes have fallen out. The best person to check with is your doc.

Glad your hearing is coming around!
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Postby jtan on Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:01 am

i'm thinking of having the tube removed. just couldn't tolerate the sounds. will i need another surgery or he can just remove it on the clinic?
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Postby F1Pilot on Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:45 am

I'd ask your doctor since your doc can make the best call on if you'd need to keep it in longer. It's shouldn't be based on what you feel comfortable with versus what the doc wants...your hearing is at stake here. As far as removal goes, I could be wrong, but I believe it is an outpatient procedure.
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Postby jtan on Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:07 am

when you say outpatient procedure that means another surgery, anesthesia, and so on?

my hearing stopped improving, so i think i'll have to wait until the tube fall out to experience some improvement again. i read somewhere that perforation do cause some degrades in hearing.
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Postby F1Pilot on Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:52 pm

jtan wrote:when you say outpatient procedure that means another surgery, anesthesia, and so on?

my hearing stopped improving, so i think i'll have to wait until the tube fall out to experience some improvement again. i read somewhere that perforation do cause some degrades in hearing.
Outpatient visits are USUALLY office visits...in and out, as opposed to being in the hospital.

Maybe you experienced a change (improvement, so to speak) because of the excess fluid draining and pressure equalization. But I'd imagine you'd return to "normal" hearing after the tube(s) come out...remember my tube through drumhead analogy?
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Postby F1Pilot on Sat Feb 07, 2004 4:53 pm

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F1Pilot wrote:Is your avatar a hamster or a gerbil?

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Postby jtan on Sun Feb 08, 2004 4:39 am

now, that's strange, they call the myringotomy an outpatient procedure but i have to enter the surgery room...
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