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NielMed Sinus Rinse

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Dangerous-Ruined My Inner Ear!
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DENVER, COLORADO -- I fell for the Oprah and Dr. OZ hype and tried the rinse. It filled my inner ear with water and ultimately ruined my capacity to pressurize properly in my left ear. The result is that my ears pop every 3 seconds like I am in an airplane. I would never recommend this product. The risk of permanent damage far outweighs the suggested benefit. I have seen several ear specialists with no medical remedies and the company neglected to comment.

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Soaring Consumer on 2009-02-09:
Definitely get an attorney and sue them. Get written documentation from your doctors confirming what happened to you.

Good luck.
GenuineNerd on 2009-02-09:
Did you use the squeeze bottle or the neti pot? I have been using NeilMed for 3 years now...if you squirt too much of the solution in your nose at once, the water will get into your ear canal (like if you went swimming and water entered your sinuses while in the pool), but in my case, it dried up and cleared up within a few minutes. Still, my sinuses have been clearer, and I don't use nasal spray as often since using NeilMed. Don't use NeilMed or any sinus rinse product if you continue to have problems with your ear canal.
nstigator39 on 2009-02-09:
I have also used the NeilMed bottle to spray my sinus's without any problems for over a year. I have had two ENT's recommend them to me.
realestategrant on 2009-02-10:
It was the squeeze bottle. My ear canal was like a long baloon. It filled up with water and stretched to accommodate, but it never quite returned to its original state. It does clean the sinuses, but it can damage the ear. My ear specialist says he sees dozens of people a year with water in their ear, and he prescribes decongestants to them to resolve the problem. Months later, it goes away. The water went away for me, but now, every time I inhale or exhale, my inner ears re-pressurize and pop.
katie on 2013-04-22:
You are the first person whom I have ever come across to have a similar issue to mine. For about 2 years now I have been having a constant popping in my ears. I believed I must have had fluid in my ears. I went to two specialists who told me they saw nothing in my ears. There was no physical reason I should be having this problem. They recommended medications along with continuing the sinus rinse. I have had chronic sinus issues for years but now I can connect the dots. It is the only thing that makes sense!
SATISFIED CUSTOMER on 2013-05-16:
I TOTALLY DISAGREE WITH YOU. I HAVE BEEN USING NIELMED SINUS RINSE SINCE MANY MANY YEARS AND HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED ANY SUCH EAR PROBLEMS. EVEN MY KIDS ARE USING IT.
IT HAS TRULY HELPED ME IN SOLVING MY NASAL BLOCKAGES AND DRYNESS. OFCOURSE YOU MUST USE IT GENTLY TO AVOID EXCESS WATER GOING IN THE EARS. EVEN WHILE SWIMMING, WATER CAN GO INTO YOUR EARS IF YOU DO NOT TAKE CARE. BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THE WHOLE WORLD MUST STOP SWIMMING.
Cloudster on 2013-06-21:
I've been using the squeeze bottle NeilMed system for over a year after recommendations from both my immunologist and National Jewish. In that time, I have had zero respiratory infections. Myself, I throw mine in the microwave to warm it up a bit, usually 15-30 seconds depending on microwave. I've never had a problem like those described here, though I am not a doctor perhaps their ear canals have a variation that prevents them from draining properly. My wife also uses it, though not daily, with equally good results.

I have to admit, I hate doing it. I really do. But the results are fantastic and my health has really improved by it. I have an immune disorder, CVID, and this is a real game-changer for people like me.

And @SATISFIED CUSTOMER, YOU DON'T NEED TO LEAVE YOUR CAPS LOCK ON ALL THE TIME. It's very annoying.
Rsmith on 2013-07-12:
I have started to experience a fullness in the ear with low-frequency hearing loss. Of course my PMD didn't figure it out but said the external ear is normal. After using Nedipot I started blowing my nose and that's when I bet I started pooling fluid up the Eustacian tube. I can hear it going up there. It is a definite complication, and like very common. I is sort of silly for posters to say this never happened to me therefore it didn't happen to you.
Elle on 2013-08-11:
It could be a problem of build up at the adenoids or a smaller eustacian tube. These can cause hearing difficulty and recurring popping problems. The problem I find is that if the dr. cannot "see" the symptoms - then they do not "treat" the symptoms. Hence, you have an ongoing chronic condition!
Steve on 2013-10-12:
I squeezed the plastic bottle a bit too strong and sent rinsing saline water up into my ears. Immediately, I felt my ear being muffled. Today,7 months later, I am still having otitis media and hearing problem. I wonder why there isn't enough warning against too much pressure on the product package.
Theresa on 2014-01-25:
In fact, this happens all the time according to my ENT. I used the Neilmed Medi Rinse AS DIRECTED and it filled my inner ear, mastoid process and 10 days after an emergency procedure I continue to seep fluid and suffer infection. Indeed the FDA has asked NeilMed to be more explicit about the product use and they have not. I will never trust this product again and I am spreading the word far and wide about what happened to me.
angie street on 2014-02-14:
My ear clogged during a sinus rinse last June and have had mri and ct scan and no specialist can tell me why my ear "feels" clogged, but isn't, and I have conductive hearing loss in this ear. Please let me know if anyone knows how to fix this horrible condition. I hear noise like a helicopter in my ear all the time. Thanks!
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