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diabo25, May 20,  2021  1:29pm EST

Heart Failure and Hearing


I’m new to this board and have so many questions.  I’ll just post one for now.   My husband had a heart attack a couple of months ago.  Didn’t know what it was at the time so we didn’t go to the doctor for a few days.  He was unable to lay in bed because of shortness of breath.  Found out it was a heart attack and that he has congestive heart failure.  I believe it’s 13% for his EF--if that's the right way to say this.  I'm still learning.

The question I have is about his hearing.  This started on the last day in the hospital that he started to have an on and off problem with plugged up ears.  He said it’s similar to going up a hill when your ears plug up and they need to pop.  It’s frustrating to him and he’s not sure what’s causing it.  The doctors don’t seem to know either. 

I’m wondering if anyone else has ever had a problem like this?  I can’t seem to tie it to one of his medicines because it happens at different times.  I’m wondering if it can come from his medicines or is this because of his heart?  We found out he may have something wrong with his liver as well.  Many masses were picked up by accident on his heart MRI so that’s another scary issue we are going to be dealing with.  I’ll post more about that later.

I really appreciate your help.  Thank you!

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, May 20,  2021  4:58pm EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for joining the Support Network and sharing your husband's story. I am sorry you and your husband are going through this but I hope you both find the support you are looking for here. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional so I am not able to give you any answers regarding medications but I urge you to keep in contact with your husband's doctors and interact with others on the Support Network. Your husband is lucky to have your support. As you wait to hear from others, I can share some resources with you on Heart Failure, Heart Attack, and Stress Management.

    Please keep us updated on how both of you are doing! 


    AHA Moderator 

  • ToddR
    ToddR, May 27,  2021  1:29pm EST

    I certainly am no doctor, but inside the ear, there is a eustachian tube.  One role of the tube is to permit atmospheric pressue to enter the inside of the ear, since the outside of the ear already has atmospheric pressure on it. Equal pressure on the outside and inside of the eardrum permits it to work well.   If that tube gets swollen and plugged , you can get that affect you mention. 

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