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Sudden Hearing Loss

 
 
tinatot
 
Reply Tue 9 Feb, 2016 10:15 am
Hi there - looking for some advice. Almost 8 months ago, I woke up with sudden hearing loss in one ear, ringing in that ear, and fullness. Since then, I've met with audiologists, an ENT, and an ear specialist, and most recently had a CT scan, which came back with nothing. No one is sure why I experienced this hearing loss. I feel like I can't hear very well, but my results from hearing tests show I'm right on the edge of the normal range, so since my hearing loss isn't "that bad" and there are no obvious answers, my doctor suggested just doing yearly hearing tests to see if it comes back. Should I try to pursue things further? Ask for an MRI or something? Or just wait? Aside from the fact that I feel like I can't hear, it's not causing any dizziness issues...just the annoying ringing and fullness.
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jespah
 
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Reply Tue 9 Feb, 2016 10:22 am
@tinatot,
Note: I am not a doctor.

I don't know as an MRI would hurt, but what does your doctor say in terms of what it could find? If there are questions it could answer, then why not? If he or she thinks it would be a meaningless exercise, then maybe consider a second opinion and, if the two physicians are in agreement, then maybe forego it.

Also, have you asked your doctor about seeing a neurologist? Just a thought - and if the doctor says not to, then certainly take his or her word over mine. Just a thought.
seac
 
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Reply Tue 9 Feb, 2016 11:24 am
@tinatot,
I woke up three times in the past two years near deaf. But the hearing came back slowly over a two week period. Not sure what caused it either, since I do not operate any loud equipment. Even though I can hear now, it is not like how it used to be. Everything sounds like I have a can over my ears and I can't understand what's being said on the television most of the time. Sometimes I wonder if it is caused by all the cellphone and WiFi frequencies around my house. I have been to an ear specialist and it seems they are not willing to do anything to help. An inner or middle ear operation is beyond what I can afford.
tinatot
 
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Reply Wed 10 Feb, 2016 04:31 pm
@jespah,
Thanks! Supposedly, the MRI is better at identifying soft tissue problems better than a CT, so it might be helpful, although it could just be a waste of time, too. I didn't think about asking to see a neurologist...that's a good idea.
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tinatot
 
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Reply Wed 10 Feb, 2016 04:39 pm
@seac,
Seac, that's too bad your hearing never came all the way back...that's really odd. It seems like when the docs don't know what to do next, they just kind of give up on it.
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MainakSantra
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2018 06:59 am
@tinatot,
Hi..I'm sorry to hear about your problem. You can try hearing aids to combat hearing loss.
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MyFloridaGreen
 
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Reply Tue 25 Dec, 2018 08:40 am
There must be a definately and incident which cause your hearing loss.
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sumita12sofat
 
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Reply Mon 7 Jan, 2019 01:27 am
@tinatot,
Some causes of sudden hearing loss include infections (bacterial or viral), circulatory/vascular problems, inner ear difficulties such as Meniere's disease, trauma, acoustic neuroma, auto immune, or toxic causes such as ototoxic medications. Most of the time, the cause of sudden hearing loss is unknown.
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