CPAP Machine and ruptured ear drum

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CPAP Machine and ruptured ear drum

Post by ragnar21 » Wed Aug 03, 2022 4:30 am

Hello, I just got my CPAP machine on Friday of last week, and of course I was still getting used to it. I had an issue where when I put my mask on, and I swallow, it would pop my ears. Not painful, just annoying. Well, not last night, but the night before, I asked my specialist if they could increase my pressure because I was still waking up due to my apnea. Well, the following morning I woke up with what I believe to be a ruptured ear drum. Everything sounds down sampled, there is incredible pressure behind my ear, there is a low rumble or ringing, I can't hear bass, and higher frequencies have a very noticeable ring, that sounds like feedback from a microphone, making everything music sound out of key.

Has this happened to anyone else? I'm a musician, and I'm terrified this damage is either permanent or will be like this forever

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Re: CPAP Machine and ruptured ear drum

Post by ChicagoGranny » Wed Aug 03, 2022 6:15 am

A 74-year-old woman had a perforation which may have been caused by CPAP -

The perforation healed with treatment.

Before assuming you have a perforation, get examined by an ENT.

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Re: CPAP Machine and ruptured ear drum

Post by Conrad » Wed Aug 03, 2022 8:33 am

Agree with Granny, get that ear examined by a qualified doc ASAP!

When I wake in the morn my ears always feel a bit plugged up. After pulling my mask off if I moved my jaw back and forth a bit my ears will 'pop' and I can hear normally again, normal for me anyways as I don't hear all that well in the first place.

I did have ear surgery a few years ago on one of my ears (stapedectomy). The surgeon had to go into my ear through my ear drum. As a result, the doc told me to DC my CPAP use for 6 weeks while my ear drum healed.
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Re: CPAP Machine and ruptured ear drum

Post by Janknitz » Wed Aug 03, 2022 2:53 pm

I had a ruptured ear drum once. It wasn't as painful as childbirth, but close enough. It really hurt. Seems to me you'd know it if your eardrum ruptured.
After that sound was weird and my own breathing sounded like a strong wind blowing. Everything else was very muffled for weeks.

I agree you need someone to look in your ear and see if it's really ruptured or not and give you an opinion on whether you should discontinue CPAP while it heals. It could just be a lot of fluid in your ear (I've had that too!), and there are better ways to deal with that than not using CPAP.
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Re: CPAP Machine and ruptured ear drum

Post by chunkyfrog » Wed Aug 03, 2022 4:49 pm

Self-diagnosis--????? you can't even SEE your own ear drum.
See a doctor, an ENT if possible.

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