Diagnosis of ETD

A little story about myself here.

I was born deaf.

Now deaf is defined as “lacking the power of hearing or having impaired hearing.”  So this is pretty truthful although every time I say I was born deaf I feel like it is a lie as I can hear just fine now.  The truth is though until I was 4 I couldn’t hear anything because my ears were blocked by fluid that would not drain.  Surgery was done and I was in the clear until recently…

This last year I have found myself struggling with sinus and ear problems.  After a year of going to doctors and being screwed around I finally went into a walk in clinic last week and the doctor told me, I already had a pretty good idea, that this was once again a problem with drainage.  This is classified as eustachian tube dysfunction.  Common among people of mountain towns due to the continued rise and drop of elevation and elevatory pressure.

What do I do about it?

The doctor gave me a list of 3 things to do:

  1. This one is very hard to explain so bare with me.  You are going to want to squeeze your nose and shut your mouth and while holding your breath, put pressure on your ears (minor, don’t try to blow them).  Hold for 5 seconds and do at least 5 times a day
  2. Number 2 is a bit harder to do 5 times a day but try your best.  This is holding your head over a bowl of boiling water and doing a “steam” for 5 minutes.  Ideally 5 times a day but the most I have done a day so far is 3 and it helps.
  3. The third is using a nasal steroid this is a last resort if you are not into using “drugs” and want to go a natural route.  I decided to pick up some Nasacort Allergy 24 Hour and use that.

It has only been a week so the differences aren’t noticeable as of yet but will update on this as I go through the year.

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