Lack Of Hearing After Boarding A Plane.?
Hello, my ears have been a little less heard after getting on a plane in a cold and inflammation. after I checked with the ENT doctor he said there was fluid in my eardrum because there was a swollen gland so it caused the fluid to enter the eardrum. and said his action must be operated, there is no other way to remove the fluid in the eardrum because it’s already severe enough. is it true that there is no other way besides surgery?
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In sensitive people, sudden changes in air pressure, such as when traveling by plane, diving too deep, or climbing high mountains, can indeed cause rupture of the eardrum. As is known, this eardrum is vital in the hearing process, because it becomes the foundation of the hearing bones in delivering incoming sounds. This ruptured eardrum, can make microorganisms and dirt from the outside more easily enter the middle ear and cause infection. Infection in the middle ear (otitis media) can eventually cause a lot of pus fluid to accumulate in the middle ear, thus further disrupting hearing function. Not only is hearing impaired, an infection in the middle ear with a tear in the eardrum can also make your ears discharge abnormal fluid continuously accompanied by an unpleasant odor. Furthermore, infections in the middle ear can also spread to other organs, even to the brain, making treatment even more difficult.
Apart from sudden changes in air pressure, it can also rupture the eardrum due to ear pricking actions (for example when cleaning ears with a cotton bud or lighter), sudden exposure to very noisy sounds, or also due to the spread of infections from the untreated respiratory tract well.
Small eardrums, especially if they occur in children, may not be too disruptive to hearing, and are also not potentially dangerous, so they can be treated in an conservative way, such as administering medication, while waiting to close by itself. However, if the tear in your eardrum is large enough, the tear will not close on its own. Therefore, surgery (tympanoplasty) is needed to patch the torn ear drum. No need to worry too much. Frequently, this operation is not a dangerous operation as long as it is performed by a competent doctor. A good doctor would only recommend a treatment that is felt to be the best for his patients. Therefore, a lot of discussion with him yes ... If in doubt, you can ask for a second opinion by checking yourself back to another ENT specialist doctor.
I hope this helps.