CPAP causing inner ear issues - help needed

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stephennic
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CPAP causing inner ear issues - help needed

Post by stephennic » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:04 am

Hi all,

I haven't been here for quite awhile. When I use my CPAP machine I get ringing in my right ear (tinnitus) and slight vertigo (balance issues) and sometimes get slight nausea. When I go off the CPAP for a couple days the tinnitus nearly all disappears including the other symptoms. I went to a couple ear/nose/throat specialist and they think maybe the pressure of the CPAP impacting my inner ear. The hearing specialist gave me an article see link and suggested this maybe happening: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4896658/
Has this happened to anyone else of this forum, any suggestions to help??. I need to use CPAP but feel i can't when I get these symptoms. Any input would be appreciated.
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Steve

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Re: CPAP causing inner ear issues - help needed

Post by Pugsy » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:01 am

I have heard of it happening...it's not common but not impossible either.

What are your settings that you use on your machine...all of them...mode, pressure and any Flex exhale relief.

The only thing I know to try is maybe try to reduce the pressure in hopes of finding a pressure that will still be effective in treating the OSA and not trigger the ear issues.

The DreamStation Pro is a fixed pressure machine but does have a limited auto adjusting mode available that could be used to see if reducing the pressure part of the time might help the ear or not.
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