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WoolyM Avatar
5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
I have had a cold recently but it has almost completely cleared up.
So I was slightly surprised this morning when I woke up to have a sensation like my right ear needed to pop. I ignored it thinking it would clear. Had a shower but still the same after. No better no worse. In the last few hours it has started to buzz. Now there seems to be a constant buzz.

Has anyone had anything similar and what if anything did you do to resolve it.
All suggestions 'considered'
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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banned#1
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I had this!!!

























I went to the doctors.
#2
And what did he do?
banned#3
WoolyM
And what did he do?


Gave me some medicine.


Don't poke around in there.
#4
Its part of the virus going around.. on my 2nd batch with ear blockages.. Doctors will give you some stuff.. 7 days at a time..
#5
sounds like a build up of catarrah tbh, common when you have a cold, try a decongestant and one of those vics nasal things to try and break it down and blowing your nose often , might help putting your head over a bowl of hot water to loosen it !...........awful isnt it ? i havent been over the door since xmas eve and havent eaten a thing since having a little tiny bit of my xmas dinner , :(
#6
I am not planning to poke around. I thought it may have just been related to a blocked nose or something but its been buzzing a good few hours now so not sure. What did he give you? Ear drops or something similar?
#7
grimm6
Its part of the virus going around.. on my 2nd batch with ear blockages.. Doctors will give you some stuff.. 7 days at a time..

Yes, I had seen some people mention ear problems but I have not had anything like that until today and the rest of the cold has almost gone
banned#8
I´m pretty sure a spider crawled in when you were sleeping.
#9
toshapetriji
I´m pretty sure a spider crawled in when you were sleeping.

I am a real araicnophobe so I hope not. But the water in the shower would have washed it out anyway. Or it would have been cooked by the hairdryer. :)
#10
Sounds like an infection following your cold as it affects ear, nose, throat. Either see your doctor or a local pharmacist.
#11
Try sudafed?
#12
Just phoned the doctor and they are still on an out of hours service.
Out of habit I put the phone to my right ear and couldnt hear anything at all. Thought the phone was playing up until I tried the other ear.
Dont really want to call an out of hours doc so may hold on till tomorrow.
#13
Shellywelly
Try sudafed?


This. There is a blue coloured pack of sudafed. Has "Cattarh" clear up or something on the front (Something to do with Cattarh anyway)

Edit: Clears Cattarh. I had this problem after a cold and this stuff sorted me out after a few days.

http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/content/ebiz/wilkinsonplus/invt/0209889/0209889_m.jpg

Edited By: jaybizzle on Dec 28, 2010 16:30
#14
I am on quite a few things at the moment anyway so if it does not resolve on its own I think I might have to see the doc anyway. It doesnt seem to be buzzing now but cant hear through it. Hope it clears on its own. But ready to call the doc tomorrow if necessary.
banned 1 Like #15
I had this too
















I died a week later
#16
I had the same after a bad cold/flu/tonsilitis. It is probably an ear infection. The Ear, Nose and Throat are all connected and one infection can spread to another as I had. See the docs and he will probably give you some ear drops which will clear it up.

I had really bad pain in my ear (I would have swapped it for buzzing) and after the ear drops and after a few days it was 90% better then a few days after that a lot of dischage came out and I was back to normal. You might have a burst ear drum if it's buzzing but I'm not a doctor so go see one and don't panic because it is probably just an ear infection and will clear up with meds.. :)


Edited By: CyDoNiA on Dec 28, 2010 18:13
#17
Either phone NHS direct if you are concerned or pop into your local pharmacy tomorrow and speak to the pharmacist who will probably give you some advice and medicine or if he thinks it's something you need to see a doctor for he'll say, or book an appointment at the doctors tomorrow - call when they open as my docs open at 8am and make several appointments available for that day but they go within 5 or 10 minutes, so call when they open and you might get a last minute appointment.
#18
we've all had colds in my household but my eldest daughter also had what you describ and turned out to be in ear infection maybe caused by the cold who knows. gave her ear drops/ spray thing. Ive now got a second dose of a cold with a sore throat. need a holiday somewhere nice and warm.
banned#19
I am a real araicnophobe so I hope not. But the water in the shower would have washed it out anyway.


The converse is true actually. You will have washed it right inside I´m afraid.
#20
Feeling dizzy and doing silly things right now. Just lost a comment I thought I had entered.

Thanks sedge for the holiday offer. Anywhere nice planned. :)

LumorUK - Better start planning my will then
#21
As a couple have mentioned already - try a decongestant and inhale steam with menthol in it, just sounds like congestion
#22
MANJ_007
As a couple have mentioned already - try a decongestant and inhale steam with menthol in it, just sounds like congestion

I think so/ hope so but nothing has shifted it so far.
#23
WoolyM
MANJ_007
As a couple have mentioned already - try a decongestant and inhale steam with menthol in it, just sounds like congestion
I think so/ hope so but nothing has shifted it so far.

Sounds like an ear infection WoolM. As well as other advice I would suggest plenty of fluids, rest and protect the ear from drafts and cold wind. Unless you are run down it should clear itself. You may want to use pain killers to help you relax and sleep.

Hope it clears soon as they can become painful.
#24
There hasn't been any pain. Up until now anyway. Was not even aware that I couldnt hear through it until I attempted to use the phone. Seems I am only hearing through my left ear at the moment.
I still think its maybe a congestion thing but possibly its an extension of the old infection.

The dizziness is making me feel a bit giddy but dont have anything majorly pressing to do so its not bothering me too much. If its still the same tomorrow though I will want to see the doc.
#25
That exactly how I feel right now. Really drunk and the room could be moving a bit.
Cheap way to get drunk :D
#26
WoolyM
That exactly how I feel right now. Really drunk and the room could be moving a bit. Cheap way to get drunk :D

Sounds like doc may be good idea. Good luck and let us know what they say.
#27
somehow the spider option seems attractive now. I dont want to call an out of hours doc as they never have the correct details.
I will wait it out tonight and deal with whatever situation presents itself in the morning.
1 Like #28
GO TO THE A AND E NOW !!!!!
Sorry to panic but my 27 year old daughter had this 3 years ago and she lost her hearing in that ear and will not get it back. She called nhs direct and they told her it was a cold and it would get better, She went to her gp 3 days after and they said it would get better when she was not blocked up with the virus. When she saw a specialist 3 weeks later they said we should have gone to A and E because they can give you steriods and the hearing could have been saved. Any loss of hearing is an emergency. Please do something in the next day or two. We should have done this but followed the advice we were given. The consultant was annoyed with our gp but it was too late for us. Please go, if its a false alarm thats ok.
#29
Thanks to all who have advised.
Situation is unchanged this morning and have a GP appointment in a short while. I am not going to worry any more as will see what the GP has in his arsenal. Hopefully just an infection to be cleared with the relevant meds.
Feel a bit as if I have been on a dramatic fairground ride for ages. Balance issues relate to the ear so all makes sense really.
#30
I have had this since having 3 really bad days of flu like symptoms couple of weeks ago, My ear problems stayed for ages so went to drs last week, He has given me this balloon to blow up with using my nose to pop my ears like when on a plane.
he says due to the cold I had the week before I now have fluid on the middle ear and needed to pop my ears to drain away the fluid.
I couldnt do the balloon thing, it freaked me out, But the day after DRs the pressure got so much, that I had a day of a constant runny nose which was bleeding too all day, this must of got rid of some of the fluid as my ears are back to normal.
But it hurts doesnt it.
Hope you get better soon.
#31
beth3735
I have had this since having 3 really bad days of flu like symptoms couple of weeks ago, My ear problems stayed for ages so went to drs last week, He has given me this balloon to blow up with using my nose to pop my ears like when on a plane.he says due to the cold I had the week before I now have fluid on the middle ear and needed to pop my ears to drain away the fluid.I couldnt do the balloon thing, it freaked me out, But the day after DRs the pressure got so much, that I had a day of a constant runny nose which was bleeding too all day, this must of got rid of some of the fluid as my ears are back to normal. But it hurts doesnt it.Hope you get better soon.

There hasn't been any pain. Just discomfort mainly when it was buzzing yesterday. Now there is just silence in the right ear. GP said there was no sign of inflamation and there has not been any discharge. I have been given sudafed (generic equivalent) and something for queeziness if I get it. Told to keep blowing my nose as could all be congestion related.
Must admit I am now a bit concerned about the hearing loss as there has not been anything of note to explain it. Hoping that the sudafed will help drain down any congestion if thats whats caused it.
#32
patience_1
GO TO THE A AND E NOW !!!!!
Sorry to panic but my 27 year old daughter had this 3 years ago and she lost her hearing in that ear and will not get it back. She called nhs direct and they told her it was a cold and it would get better, She went to her gp 3 days after and they said it would get better when she was not blocked up with the virus. When she saw a specialist 3 weeks later they said we should have gone to A and E because they can give you steriods and the hearing could have been saved. Any loss of hearing is an emergency. Please do something in the next day or two. We should have done this but followed the advice we were given. The consultant was annoyed with our gp but it was too late for us. Please go, if its a false alarm thats ok.


Ditto, except replace 'daughter' with 'sister'. It's nasty stuff.
#33
Thing is I dont really think my local A&E would bother doing much if the GP has said it was ok. Are there any hearing centres or suchlike that can be attended? Or what would I have to do do get someone to really look in more depth?
#34
OP, Let me don my doctors jacket............


Ok, the symptoms are very clear- you obviously have a bumble bee stuck in your ear!

Remedy- take 1 of your grandmas knitting needles and push it straight through from the opposite ear!
#35
The problem is - he doesn't know if it is conductive or sensorineural and he won't until he gets it checked out.
#36
patience_1
The problem is - he doesn't know if it is conductive or sensorineural and he won't until he gets it checked out.

I have started to do some reading on the subject.
Wish I had had more info before visiting the GP as now feel like I have been fobbed off. Have taken a couple of doses of sudafed and been doing regular steam inhalations and I dont feel there is any great deal of congestion but there is absolutely no hearing in my right ear.
I have never suffered with ear infections previously.
From what I am reading the GP has to refer to an ENT specialist or audiologist so I am really annoyed with myself that I didnt grill the GP about her level of expertise in the area and insist on further checks.
I guess I was still hoping that there would be another pop and the hearing would return.
Now I am wondering how to get a trained professional to do further checks.
I am attempting to find doctors names so if necessary I can make a first approach privately but feel that this should not be necessary.
I have been given a perscription to last 5 days but as some of you have said time may be of the essence I dont really want to just hope for a further 5 days.
#37
Well I have found out that Queen Marys in London seems to be a main centre for audiology problems. I have just been speaking to the receptionist in the department and will go there tomorrow if there is no further improvement. I dont think my local hospital will have much more expertise than the GP. Not intending to be dismissive but there are specialists for specific issues and it may be that I have to make a trek.
#38
Firstly, SNL is rare although two of us on here know someone with it so you're probably okay.
Did your gp do a tuning fork test on you? If so, she would have checked enough to know what sort of loss it is. Most gps don't have a clue about this. If you are near a good hospital the A and E staff should know how to check. We were told they have up to 72 hours from the first sign of loss to start giving steroids before the damage becomes permament although I don't know if that is true.
If you are worried make a nuisance of yourself and either go back to the gp or hospital.
#39
WoolyM
Well I have found out that Queen Marys in London seems to be a main centre for audiology problems. I have just been speaking to the receptionist in the department and will go there tomorrow if there is no further improvement. I dont think my local hospital will have much more expertise than the GP. Not intending to be dismissive but there are specialists for specific issues and it may be that I have to make a trek.

well done they will know what to do there
#40
Gp only looked in the ear with the torch thingybob. Said it looked ok. No discharge. Did a blood pressure check and prescribed decongestants and something in case giddyness made feel feel sick.
Said usually hearing returns.

Now I am thinking its all been a bit of a wing and a prayer.

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