Question: To any professional ENT out there, I went scuba-diving over a year ago, only to 45 feet. It had been a couple years since I went diving and in that time I found I developed adult allergies. When I tried to equalize underwater, I heard this squealing sound. It sounded unusual. When I came back up to the surface, my nose was bleeding. I couple a days later I was having this loud cracking sound when I swallowed. I lived with it for months trying to research what was going on. By about the fourth month, I went and saw an ENT in my hometown in North XXXXXXX He spent all of 4 minutes with me and was a passive listener to say the least. The hearing test came out fine. I havent been dizzy or anything like that, just the crackling sound. All this doctor did was give me some Flonase
(not even Dymista) and I took it for 3-4 weeks as recommended, even laying on my back thinking this would reach my tubes. 1 month later, this July I went and saw a 2nd ENT referred from D.A.N. (the only one in the state that is specialized in dive medicine, who even dives herself, and so did the nurse!) I thought to myself, surely they will know something. Thinking I needed tubes, they did the fluid test, none at all. They couldn't diagnose anything either, or give me any logical reasons why this is happening. This ENT just took my money and said to keep taking Dymista and find out what I'm allergic to.
Since then I have found some new info, because I wasn't coming up with any relevant search results. Evidently it has the characteristics as Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
and/or "Glue Ear" there are currently 2 products sold on the market to tackle that problem, so I ordered them after reading the 5 star reviews.
1. Earpopper by summit medical -$200
2. Otovent(an inflatable balloon sold out of the UK to help with blocked tubes)
Neither one have irradicated the problem. I have even bought some nasal rinse called Alkolol, the only rinse that claims to dissolve mucus. Once again I have tried this laid down/upside down, swallowing and yawning.
This has been going on for 1 year and 3 months now. I never had my tonsils or adenoids
removed. Any recommendations on getting adenoids taken out or is there any kind of surgery that can clear blockages or could any kind of other inner ear
parts be causing this? Everyone keeps saying I'm fine, but they aren't the ones with the loud crackling sound every time they swallow. This problem has taken a slight change in my daily self-esteem. I plain and simply think my tubes are blocked with some allergy
mucus residue. Is there an expert that can give me any answers or solutions?