I have been deaf in my right ear since childhood following Meningitis and am now aged 27. Partial deafness hasn't really impacted me that much as I have had good hearing in my left ear and always tried to position myself to allow myself to hear ok. Obviously those who spend a lot of time with me eventually notice that I don’t have perfect hearing but it has never impacted me at work or in social situations. However, at the start of March I picked up a pretty uneventful cold. The cold itself cleared after a week or so but about 3 or 4 days into it I woke with a loud ringing and reduced hearing, plus a feeling of fullness and some popping / crackling in my ears. As I have had always had quite waxy ears I was sure it was impacted earwax so sought to take drops to clear this. However, after all wax has cleared the problems have remained. Sometimes the ringing is very severe but my actual hearing not too bad, other times the ringing reduced but my hearing worsened. There doesn’t seem to be much of a relationship between the tinnitus levels and my hearing. Even when my hearing is having a “better day” though it is still significantly worse than usual and is impacting my life, both at work and home. A telephone referral resulted in me being told I had glue ear and subsequently through research of my own I thought I must have ETD. I have tried weeks’ worth of decongestant tablets, as well as using nasal sprays and repeatedly performing the Valsalva manoeuvre (I seem to be able to pop my ears fine but it doesn’t seem to do anything other than causing either a temporary crackling, squelching or changing in tone of ringing). After 3 months I finally managed to see ENT who also prescribed a hearing test. The test showed my hearing levels were indeed quite a lot below what is normal. All the ENT did though is check my ear canal and say he had no idea what had caused it. He then referred me to an audiologist to see if a hearing aid would help and also referred me for a MRI. In terms of the scan though, he said he is sure it won’t show anything, which leads me to think “well what then? all avenues exhausted?” I mentioned glue ear and ETD and he just frowned and said he didn’t think it was that, so presumably if there is fluid in my ear that won’t show up on the MRI. I am still a few weeks away from both the audiologist and the MRI appointments and generally at a loss really - I have currently contracted Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and both my tinnitus and my hearing are worse than ever. Sorry to have rambled on, but if anybody has any thoughts I would love to hear what other people think.