Complete Loss Of Hearing After Respiratory Tract Infection
Dec 9, 2013
I'm 36-year old male and about 3-weeks ago I went to my doctor with typical flu-like symptoms. He informed me I had a Respiratory Tract Infection and prescribed some antibiotics and pain killers which I took over the course of the following week. The problem did not clear-up and, after developing a chesty cough and severe pain in one ear, I returned to the doctor who then told me the infection had most likely spread to my chest and most certainly into my ears - particularly my left one. He prescribed stronger antibiotics and pain killers and a nasal steroid spray, all of which again I took religiously over the following week once again.
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Although my cough and general flu symptoms have pretty much cleared up, for the past week or so I have been left with almost complete loss of hearing in my left ear. It feels as if there's still a wee bit of pressure both in and around the ear itself with a sort of numbness when i touch the skin on my face and head around the ear. This extends in to my hairline, over my left cheek and a short distance down my neck below my ear. There's also a small amount of ringing from within the ear and it sounds as if I'm hearing things "internally" all the time. Hard to explain but extremely frustrating and my concern is that the infection has somehow managed to damage my hearing permanently.
About a week ago, I was at home at the computer (I believe I was listening to music at the time), and I noticed that the hearing in my left ear had been significantly diminished (but not completely gone). About a minute (perhaps even less than a minute) later, it returned completely to normal, and so I assumed that it was just ear wax or something, and everything was fine now. However, a few seconds to a minute later, it went back to being diminished again. I can't remember for certain if I felt anything physically when all of this happened, but there may have been something that I felt in my ear - which led me to believe it was probably just ear wax.
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I have researched on-line for possible solutions to this kind of problem, and I have tried every possibility that I could - peroxide, warm olive oil, blowing as hard as I can with my nose and mouth shut, blowing as hard as I can with my nose and mouth and other (good) ear shut, nasal decongestant (which successfully clears up my nose, but doesn't have any effect on the ear), hot steam bath, Similasan Ear Relief drops that are supposed to clear up water in the ears, jumping up and down with my bad ear tilted toward the ground, jogging, and of course trying to dig out ear wax with the ear wax curette that I have. Unfortunately, nothing has worked, and my hearing has been about the same ever since a week ago when it went out (diminished) for the second time.
I have been able to remove a lot of ear wax with the curette, and sometimes it seems to make it a little better, but it never restores my hearing to normal. Sometimes I feel like I am right at the spot where it is clogged up (if indeed clogged ear wax is the problem), because the curette seems to be hitting a spot that's clogged with ear wax (judging from what it feels and sounds like), but then when I dig out a bunch of ear wax at that spot, my hearing is still the same or perhaps only slightly better. Perhaps I am actually pushing the ear wax further inside, which was mentioned as a possible negative effect of trying to remove the ear wax yourself. Also, I am wary of not poking too hard or too deep, as that was also a warning given at the sites I visited in my research.
Swallowing never seems to do anything, but it's interesting that when I have a strong belch, I can feel pressure inside that left (bad) ear, and it really feels like it's about to burst out and expel whatever is stuck (if it's the case that something is stuck), but it never does. Maybe whatever is stuck in there [ear wax, presumably] is just in so tight that nothing seems to be able to remove it. However, the odd circumstance that occurred when the problem first originated - which is the fact that it got better right after getting clogged up, and then got clogged up again - would seem to suggest that there may be another reason for this happening, other than plugged-up ear wax.
For about a week now, I've experienced a slight itch and sometimes a strange smell with my urine. However, if I drink a lot of water, my urine is normal despite the slight itch that stays there after urination. Nothing is unbearable. I'm not super uncomfortable. I've been drinking a ton of water, so I'm not sure if my frequent urination is due to water consumption or a possible UTI. My gyno has told me that I do produce a more than normal amount of yeast, but I've never had a yeast infection. I've also never had a UTI.
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I feel fine. No cramping. No pain. No nausea.
Is this a UTI or yeast infection? Could it be something else?
My vagina has been burning every day sometimes and sometimes when I pee too. Sometimes it's not so bad and other times like now I feel like my vagina is on fire and I have bad odor coming from down there too and I am virgin it gets worst when I am pleasuring myself I need ....
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I'm a 20 year old female, I had a nose operation and came out with a Catheter from the hospital as I was unable to pee after my op. I had been getting urine infection almost every second week with the Catheter. I finally got that out at the end of June and following a failed twc I was taught self catheterisation.
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2 days later I ended up in hospital unable to perform it where they drained my bladder for me. I was then released 5 days later managing to catheterise myself.
After coming out of hospital I have been getting these sharp pains I my sides, initially just my left side but know my right side under my ribs and goes round to my back. I went to the doctors on Monday and showed I had a severe urine infection... I was given ciprofloxacin 500mg and tramadol 50mg 4 times a day... I also was told my kidneys were a bit inflamed.
I went back on Friday as I was feeling worse! They done a dip test which showed no infection but was sent to the lab anyway, I was taken of the tramadol and put on paracetamol and codeine if I needed it (which I do) I have now been constipated since Monday as well!
I'm still getting this horrible sharp pain in my sides and lower back as well as very nauseous ( not been sick though) and extremely tired all the time. I'm getting really sick of it all now and just don't know what to do nothing is taking the pain away, any suggestions would be great! I'm sick of constant visits to the doctor but don't seem to get anywhere with them.
Stones (calculi) are hard particle that form in the urinary tract and may cause pain, bleeding, or an infection or block of the flow of urine. can Urinary tract infection affected to the kidneys and may enlarge in a ureter or the bladder. so can , UTI causes of kidney stone??
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For the past few weeks I've been dealing with what I thought was a possible UTI. I haven't had pain, but feel the need to urinate after just going to the the restroom. However, I keep testing negative for nitrates, LEU and protein on a dipstick. I also tested negative in the doctor's office and was prescribed ABs that didn't seem to do much.
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Is it possible to test negative so many times and still have an infection? Or could this be something else?
Last year(2014) I started having some health issues. In March I was diagnosed with Mastoiditis. After that I began to have vision issues with pain and was diagnosed with Optic Neuritis in my left eye. I did 3 days of Solumedrol at home and followed with oral steroids. Since then I have had on and off hearing loss on left side and have lost my sense of taste 3 times for a few weeks. I recently had a mri and they found a 12mm choroidal fissure cyst on my left side. I also have tingling and numbness in my left foot and leg. I still have blurry and double vision in my left eye at times. I had previous ct scans and mris and there was no cyst present. Could this newly found cyst be causing my issues?
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do you know anyone who completely lost their hearing and got it back? im 22 and i lost my hearing in March this year
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i loss my hearing at the age of 17, doctors were shocked because this usually happens to people over 30... they said that the loss was due to stress and sadness but i couldn't figure out what exactly i was stressed about. i lost 98% of my hearing in the left ear and they send me to therapy straight away, i missed a month and a half of my senior year of high school due to this. after the therapy my ear improved drastically and now i can hear 40% and have completely lost 60%. i'm 18 now and there isn't much i can do anymore. i will soon go and get a hearing aid but i still am not so sure about it. i have coped with the loss off hearing but the ringing in my ear makes me go crazy. so my question is, do you recommend a hearing aid? will it stop of perhaps lessen the ringing in my ear?
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Last thursday all of a sudden i heard a echo sound in my right ear trying all the normal stuff popping ears blowing nose checking for wax etc nothing worked so i went to bed and noticed i could not hear at all out of this ear so i waited til in the morning and still the same so i checked like with phone and could not hear anything so i went to see my gp and she checked and said nothing looks wrong so they referred me to a ent which i could not get into see till later this week on top of not hearing i have what i assume is tinnitus anyone else had this happen to them..
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In the spring of 2015, I noticed that there was a constant ringing in my right ear. Around June, I got in with an ENT, who referred me to an audiologist, who diagnosed me with hearing loss. Progressively, the hearing loss has gotten worse. I am a teen, so to me, this seems quite uncommon.
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In the fall of 2015, I noticed a constant ringing in my left ear, as well as my right. I checked with my audiologist, and I had a mild hearing loss in my left ear, and a moderate/major hearing loss in my right.
I have also been having these dizzy spells that I like to call "flares", for the past year or so. During these "flares", I get extreme vertigo, fullness in my ear, and obnoxiously loud ringing in my ear. These attacks normally happen in only one ear at a time.
On top of all of this, I have been dealing with joint pain, fatigue, and muscle pain. My memory has gotten awful, and I like I'm in a brain fog all the time. My mom has lupus, so we are thinking it could be autoimmune.
My rhuematologist, ENT, and general doctor sent me for blood work, and my ANA was positive, along with my heat shock protein. This is all so confusing!
Does anyone advice, suggestions, or personal experiences they'd like to share? I have no idea what to do! I am on 500mg of naproxen and turmeric for my joint pain/inflammation, and a bunch of natural supplements in hopes of feeling a little bit better.
What are the devices for hearing loss?
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I have had a long term battle (6 1/2 years) with eczema in my ears with no relief. Recently I have had Major hearing loss in both ears due to outer ear infections. I was given oral antibiotics (2x a day) and ear drops (4 drops 4x a day) to help with the infection. It has been 5 days since I started both and I still have none of my hearing back. This is affecting my Job as I work at the front desk of a Hotel! When will I start to get some hearing back?
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In Jan 2016 I experienced minor episodes of vertigo on a near daily basis, which I believed was remnant of motion sickness during a traumatic sea crossing! I noticed they continued weeks after and seemed to correlate with instances where I was feeling stressed. During this time I moved to the other side of the world and began a new job. I was previously living at 2800 m and spending my weekend’s alternating between the high Andes and the beach (involving lots of air travel). I am now living in the humidity at sea level and wonder if this could have provided sufficient trauma to initiate these attacks.
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After a night of moderate drinking I had my first and only severe episode of vertigo, which left me violently vomiting and unable to walk. After which, I experienced a month or so of very mild vertigo attacks, lasting 4-5 hours at a time. I felt unable to exercise and spent a lot more time at home. Throughout this time I always felt unbalanced and even a drop of alcohol would exaggerate symptoms.
A hearing test came back fine, to my surprise, and I was treated for vestibular neurosis and given Betaserc for almost 3 months. I had no vertigo whilst on the medication but have had two or three minor episodes since coming off it (during yoga classes, playing football but also when lying in bed). The first specialist was happy the vestibular neurosis had been treated and any imbalance etc. was a product of my body overcompensating or lasting damage. I continued to turn to the extreme right when trying the Unterberg test. Now, my symptoms are fullness in my left ear, which occasionally proves painful and some mild tinnitus. The persistent fullness led my GP to refer me to another specialist, concerned it sounded like MD. Another hearing test and a pressure test both came back fine. I would suggest my hearing is more muffled but could this just be a sensation I notice because of the fullness? I am adamant my hearing suffered immediately after the vertigo attacks (before being treated) because I remember it being relatively distressing. I have been given Vinpocetine to try and hasten recovery of what the specialist believes is just a viral infection and to help with the tinnitus but I have seen no difference. I feel largely like I am not being taken seriously. It is coming up to 6 months now and I am desperate for some resolution or diagnosis that I can work with to try manage these symptoms. I am really active and travel a lot. If I should expect vertigo symptoms to return, I feel I would need to adjust or review my lifestyle as to not take unnecessary risks. Any one else in such situation? Or know anything about altitude and ear issues? Any advice or opinions are very much welcomed. Specifically, I was searching for information on whether it is possible to have MD but without suffering hearing loss? I am only 24 and so had wondered if my hearing could have been affected but remained within the so-called ‘normal’ range?
I've had hearing loss now for a few years but don't know whether it's down to Work, crohn's or chemotherapy, anyone else?
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I woke up and was dizzy and being sick for the whole day, I have lost 30% of hearing in my left ear.
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Previous to this for a year I was getting sudden dizziness that lasted for about 30 seconds and my hearing would go funny! I guess this was do to with it because I've not had it since the big attack on New Year's Day!
My four year old son had an infection in his ear and the drum burst. Afterwards he could not hear properly but his Doc said it would sort itself out. This was a good 5 months ago now and he's just failed his school hearing test. They have said they will test it again in three months but i'm wondering if it needs addressing sooner. Has anybody had any experience of this kind of thing ?
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So, I'm back on Mirtazapine 15MG but these past few months I have halved the pill as I discovered 15MG was causing my panic attacks and high anxiety. I also tried to stop Mirtazapine completely and it was the worst time of my life, never want to experience that again but I know I did it all wrong (stopping suddenly).
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Anyway, these past few months I have been doing much better. No panic attacks. Still some anxiety there but not as bad as before. However, I have found new symptoms I have been experiencing and I am unsure if it is anxiety-related. For the two months I have been experiencing this sudden loss of hearing in one ear which lasts a few seconds and then comes back. I went to the hospital about this, had my ears checked and he said everything was fine and it could just be a sinus problem where I have congestion and it can affect my hearing sometimes as the tube in my ear opens/closes , if that makes sense? I don't know the correct medical terms so that's as best as I can describe it. He prescribed me Beacons and told me to take it for 4 weeks. Also, he told me because it only lasts a few seconds and comes and goes it's nothing to worry about. Phew.
However, my anxiety has me convinced I have a brain tumor. I had headaches for a while but then they stopped completely and I haven't had one in a few weeks. Then I had this hearing problem and my anxiety told me again, "brain tumor". I went and got an eye test done because I have one or two floaters I've recently noticed and my eyes were perfect, she said. Of course, my anxiety made me ask her about if they could tell if someone has a brain tumor and she said she's only had to do that twice in her career and if there was something wrong she would definitely be able to tell.
My symptoms have definitely improved, but why am I always worrying? Why is my anxiety making me tell myself I have a brain tumor when I have no symptoms of a brain tumor? Such as seizures, constant headaches, nausea, etc? It's so annoying.
Does anyone else suffer from this problem? Or do you suffer from the same symptoms like a sudden temporary loss of hearing?
I lost 50% hearing in right ear after having wax removed by irrigation with syringe. Seems like the water pressure was excessive. Now, hearing is muffled, nasally and distorted. MRI of brain was OK. Must use hearing aids now to hear anything. Have not used hearing protection in drum and bugle corps. Previous violin player 7 years ago so left ear shows 35% in audio test.
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I am a 25 year old male and have recently been diagnosed with Cholesteatoma in my left ear. My case is a bit different it seems as until July 2015 I had a perfectly good left ear. I picked up a cold and ear infection while on holiday in Spain in July 2015 to which a week or so later I was hearing bells going off in my ear constantly. I was put on three different doses of antibiotics and ear drops between July and October. I began to get white discharge from my ear about a month after I had the infection and this discharge turned yellow a month or so later. It was not until January 2016 that I was able to see a ENT specialist who diagnosed me and this was confirmed with a recent CT scan. I have not had any hearing (besides the bells going off in my ear) since I first got the infection back in July. After I had the CT scan and hearing tests I have been told that my ossicles have been eroded and I am very unlikely to get hearing in my left ear again. The infection has dried a little bit from some ear drops which the ENT specialist gave me and I have an MRI scan this week as they want to determine if surgery is absolutely necessary before going ahead. I have seen two ENT specialists at this NHS hospital. This morning I woke to find my ear slightly wet again and with a tiny bit of blood which prompted me to go and see the hospital to which they assured me that this was normal and can happen.
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It it seems as though a lot of people have problems with their ears in childhood which leads to cholesteatoma. Has anyone been in a similar situation to myself? The more information the better.
Note: I had sinus surgery in February 2014 and the CT scan I had in preparation to that operation has shown no signs of cholesteatoma.