Turned out I had sudden hearing loss and after 9 months the hearing has not returned and will most likely never. It's not that much of a pain anymore, I've gotten used to the tinnitus and I wear a hearing aid.
I've got another damn ear infection right now in the same ear (left) which is causing even more deafness but I'm getting it all treated right now and hopefully it will clear up.
Just wanted to update this so that anyone else with the same problems can see. Sudden hearing loss is terrifying, I couldn't stop crying for weeks after it was diagnosed. However, with time your brain begins to cope with the lack of hearing. To anyone that is suffering from sudden hearing loss, it does get better! Trust me!View Thread
If it just diminished hearing then it is seriously diminished. If I cover my right ear and click my fingers next to my left ear I can hardly hear it at all. I've had to cancel my holiday, I am too scared to get on the airplane because my symptoms are getting worse, I'm finding it hard to go out or do normal things.View Thread
Is it possible that I could have sudden hearing loss in my left ear? I'm going to the ENT clinic tomorrow and I'm going to ask for a hearing test to see whether or not I do have sudden hearing loss.View Thread
I just wanted to let you know that I'm hearing slightly better out of my right ear but my left ear is so completely deaf that I can't even hear when I click my fingers right next to it. Is it normal to have that much hearing loss? Should the antibiotics be working now, I'm sure I should start noticing an improvement soon. Also, I've been experiencing a lot of mucus in my throat area. I've been steaming my face with hot water and menthol with a towel over my head, is that a good thing to do?View Thread
Thank you Rod, you have really helped put my mind at ease. I'm going to try and get into the holiday mood this weekend. I will let you know how it goes when I get to America. Again, thank you so much.View Thread
Also, I think it's important to mention that I have been hearing high-pitched noises very loudly, almost painfully. I have had to cover my ears when my mum has been vacuming the house and the sound of children crying is almost unbearable. But I'm also struggling to hear low tones, I can't hear music properly because it's all distorted and robotic. I have noticed my left ear is becoming more clear, I can now hear myself typing on the keyboard but only faintly. I'm slightly worried that the noise of the airplane will be unbearable to my ears. Thank you so much for your help and advice so far.View Thread
Would I be able to hear properly with a ruptured eardrum?
I am flying from London, England to San Diego on Tuesday, it's an 11 hour flight, and then 3 weeks later I am flying from Las Vegas to London, England, around 9 hours.
I'm just so nervous that my entire trip will be ruined because of my ears. I'm going to a convention in San Diego and the fact that I won't be able to hear anything is scaring me. That and getting on a plane and not being able to equalise the pressure in my ears.View Thread
Managed to see an ENT doctor today at the hospital. He micro-suctioned both of my ears and said that I had quite a lot of discharge in both. He said my left ear canal is fine but the eardrum looks red so he believes I have a middle ear infection - he said to continue taking my anti-biotics to treat it. He suctioned the right ear as well and said that the eardrum looks normal but my ear canal is slightly swollen, he prescribed a nasal decongestant (because of my cold) and a different ear drop with anti-biotics and steroids in.
He said I will be fine flying but I'm still worried. Is there any chance I could permanently lose my hearing if I get on that plane? Thanks for the advice so far.View Thread