Meanwhile, I continue to have a blocked eustachian tube. My doctor saw nothing wrong with my ear, which means that mucus from my cold must have backed up into a deeply embedded region that wasn't meant to hold fluid, and it must take its sweet time draining back out again. I was completely deaf in my left ear for about a week and a half, with the notable exception of tinnitus. In the past day or two, a tiny bit of hearing has returned. It seems to be just certain frequencies, and it seems like my eardrum is so excited by the novelty that anytime I hear something, the sound reverberates almost painfully. The best illustration I can come up with is when somebody drives by with their car stereo's bass cranked. You know how annoying that sounds/feels, and how your windows rattle? That's my left ear when a sound happens to get through.
I was on antibiotics for a few days; now I'm popping Mucinex and a prescription anti-histamine. Also drinking my fluids and (ugh, I hate) chewing gum to try to loosen things up. From what I've seen on the internets, this could take anywhere from weeks to a month to clear up entirely. At least I'm not chronically congested anymore?