I did see the ENT last week. Turns out I actually don't have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction at all, but hyperacusis, which has no known medical cure. The reason I mistook it for ETD is due to the fullness of my ears. The condition is literally the opposite of deafness. Normal everyday sounds send shooting physical pain into the ears. It can often feel like burning acid. One becomes forced to wear ear plugs, although getting used to wearing ear plugs serves to make the condition worse.
Any zapper in this case would be absolutely useless, as it is more along the lines of a neurological condition, and there is no surgery or medication for this condition. The good news is I am slowly recovering and able to tolerate more sounds, though, and will make an effort to explore alternative healing, as it has yielded success for some folks. I actually feel like one in a million regarding my recovery process, as it can take people years for the issue to resolve, if it does resolve at all.
My ENT suggested an MRI and a CT scan, as well as an audiologist test, which I have all scheduled, but I think I will cancel, as I realize this will be a waste of time. A lot of people who get these scans have nothing show up, and since there is no medical cure, and the best official treatment is white noise/pink noise retraining therapy, there really is no point in wasting my time.
Plus, if the doctor knew anything about hyperacusis, he would not suggest an MRI. The machine is loud as hell, and would only serve to worsen my condition, even with ear plugs and a headset. I could barely handle hearing sirens from outside when I was inside the hospital with ear plugs, no way would I handle being right inside an MRI machine.
I am not just trying to make up excuses to hate the medical establishment. This is actually a good case where so-called "modern" medicine has done absolutely nothing towards resolving this terrible illness. Heck, it barely even recognizes it. When I recover and if I ever have the funds, mark my words, I will do something to change that. Worst traumatic experience of my life, and believe me, I've had many. And as I said, I'm one of the lucky ones when it comes to this illness. Personality-wise, it has helped me change for the better, though.
I hope to achieve a full recovery. I am already able to tolerate music with pro headphones, although I will lay off the tunes until the issue is fully resolved.