Sudden Hearing Loss at 36!I have been reading all the posts from previous months on same topic- my situation is similiar- in my left ear and seemed to come on after playing around in the pool with my son- did a canonball into the deep end and surfaced feeling like I probably should not have done that- within three days symptoms started- ringing, dizziness, loss of hearing- thought at first was ear wax- was ruled out- went to ENT and began steroid treatment with shot in inner ear- (within 10 days after initial onset)- and while the dizziness has seemed to subside- and the noise in my ear is mostly gone- I still have a blocked feeling- like my ear is full- lots of pressure which seems to bring on headaches- and overall sense of depression b/c hearing is not fully back. Have not had any MRI or bloodtests yet will see Dr. next week for follow up and another hearing test. Now my throat is sore- and glands on left side (of neck) feel sore and kind of hard (sensitive) to the touch- my paranoid self is stressing that this might be cancer or something- has anyone had similiar symptoms after steroid treatment?
damagato on 2005-10-01
from what i have read the fact that your hearing loss came about from jumping in the pool it could be a membrane tear...I cannot rememeber the medical term.
perilymph fistulae or something like that, its a busted eardrum or membrane tear that divers (water and skydivers get)
sorry to hear you have the shl (sudden hearing loss). I had/have as well...tried everything and made myself more ill with frantically trying everything known to mankind..steriods semed to get me back some hearing, I had lost 100% and have gotten back about 20% enough to use a hearing aid. tinnitus is i think the most disturbing.
personally i think its a virus that has caused my loss. Most ENT's are clueless on this and the onlyt thing that seems to jumps start your hearing is the steriods.Keep the faith..it took I think 2 steriod shots for my hearing to improve and my first shot was about 2 weeks after loss
and then another one about
2 weeks later.My hearing I think started to come back about 6 weeks after i lost it. Its been 9 months now nd no improvement.
It is depressing somewhat, but you have to be positive and I know this is hard as you say why me...but it helps if you canapprecaite what it probably ISN"T
ie you can still walk talk and see...
I have tried cranial sacral massage which seems to help calm my nervous sytstem down
micklog last decade
damagato last decade
In 2006 I suffered a 60db single-sided sudden sensorineural hearing loss, followed later by vertigo attacks and a diagnosis of Menieres Disease. I have since made a *full* recovery after suffering for 3 years. In my case these symptoms were the result a food allergy (which I have also recovered from).
I created a web site to document my own experience since it appears most ENTs have little idea about simple allergies (e.g. food, environmental) as one possible cause of significant & sudden hearing loss. [I can't post the URL on this site directly, but my user profile has it]
It includes scans of my hearing tests & allergy results.
( the House Ear Clinic - is an example of a medical practice that acknowledges the connection between allergies and hearing disorders. )
Good Luck to all & get well soon!
jhorowi1 last decade
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