Blocked Ear or Permanent Hearing Loss?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Telis, Dec 26, 2015.

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    1. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      In the last two weeks or so I have lost a lot of hearing in my right ear. My high pitched tinnitus is the same but now I also have a very loud howl to add in that ear. The new tinnitus is less annoying than my regular stuff but I'm really struggling to hear. I have started turning my head so that my good ear is pointed in the direction that I'm trying to hear.

      I'm hoping that this will clear, I guess there is really nothing that can be done if not.

      Is there any way to confirm this one way or the other? I guess a plugged ear vs loosing hearing loss would be a similar experience/sensation ?

      Maybe I would need to go back to the audiologist to find out for sure? I will start back at the doctor next week.

      I'm wondering if this isn't due to perilymph fistula that I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

      Not sure why I'm posting this here, I guess I have to go back And see what the doctor says (not that I have a lot of faith in them though).

      Maybe someone here has had a similar experience and has something to add?

      Thank you

      Telis
       
    2. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi Telis
      It could be down to wax build up or mucous left in your tubes Get your doctor check you out and try not let anxiety take hold.

      Hope you had a lovely Christmas and nice New year plans.

      I can remember when my hearing went with two blocked ears and drove me batty....take care as always.....lots of love glynis
       
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    3. NineNails

      NineNails Member

      If it is a perilymph fistula you'd better stay put. It can heal but takes up to 14 days.
       
    4. DavidSupertramp
      Cheerful

      DavidSupertramp Member

      Location:
      Rose Hill , Mauritius
      Tinnitus Since:
      9/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma and TMJD
      Few days ago my left ear was completely blocked . I reacted the same way as you did , fear of hearing loss or something more serious . I couldnt hear clearly in that ear and it was annoying because it was blocked ! An ENT doctor did a microsuction and cleaned my ear canal and now i can hear normally . Probably it is just impacted wax , dont stress too much about things that havent been diagnosed yet ! Im not a professional or anything but i could remember when my ear was blocked , and when i was talking i could hear my voice really loud inside my head , thats how i knew it was just wax. Maybe a new way to detect impacted wax haha !!! Keep us updated . Take care man ..
       
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    5. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      I've tried in the last couple of weeks but I don't really know to the extent that I need to stay put? Bending over to put my shoes on, shutting the car door, laying down etc seems to create pressure and fullness. My right ear has maybe 30 percent hearing left at the moment. I can yawn and release pressure (hearing comes back slightly) and about a minute later it's back. I have the feeling of pressure so I'm hoping that this isn't permanent. My high pitched T is the same but the new T sound with this lower frequency hearing loss is like a jet engine roar on take off. Oddly enough my H is now reduced in that ear, it feels like I have a ear plug in full time.
       
    6. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @Telis
      Tinnitus forums are fine for getting help and support from those that have the condition, for many people that haven't experienced it simply cannot understand, including some healthcare professionals. However, this support has its limitations.
      In my opinion, anyone experiencing additional symptoms with their tinnitus such as: pain in the ear, dizziness, balance problems, blocked ears or deafness. Should immediately be seen by a Doctor and preferably referred to ENT. The ear is far too delicate an organ to delay seeing a healthcare professional. Whilst the majority of ENT Drs may not have experienced tinnitus, to the severity that many have in this forum. There is no getting away from the fact, they are medical professionals and their expertise is the anatomy of the ear and ours is not!

      Michael
       
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    7. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Yeah I agree but I'm sure the ENT that I maybe get into in 3 months will probably glaze over like the last time anyway. I mean really, what are they going to do for me in three months from now? I will take advise here if anyone has anything to offer while I wait for spring time to come around to see a doctor, can't hurt.
       
    8. John G

      John G Member

      @Telis 3 month wait to see an ENT?. Did you get that appointment through your regular doctor?. Maybe you can do what I did and try a walk-in clinic. I got an appointment for an ENT two weeks later.
       
    9. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @Telis In my experience. The symptoms that I've mentioned: Pain in the ear, dizziness, blocked ears, balance problems or deafness; is usually taken more seriously by ENT and a patient will be seen much sooner. Particularly deafness as this could become permanent. When someone is experiencing tinnitus alone, especially someone new without the additional symptoms mentioned above. ENT prefer to wait, as the tinnitus can go away or a person habituates in time. If I were experiencing: pain, dizziness, balance problems or sudden deafness. I would go straight to A&E department and not the GP.
      Michael
       
    10. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      Thx. I guess I can try that this time around. Maybe it's just faster (more ENTs) in Toronto than Calgary.
       
    11. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Calgary
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2013
      These are the same symptoms that I had two years ago at onset. I went to 2 walk ins and emergency 3 times, only one of the doctors would even refur me to an ENT. The hospitals don't even have ENTs onsite, they call them in for emergencies only, and would not do it for me. In my experience hearing loss, ear pain and tinnitus is shrugged off as nothing. Or they will write you a prescription for antibiotic ear drops, sleeping pills, and nasal spray. Unless your ears are gushing blood and you are going to die they don't seem to give a shit and everything is at snails pace.
       
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    12. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      @Telis I am sorry to hear of your experience. I have had tinnitus for 20 years and thankfully haven’t experienced what you have. In fact, my GP, consultant and hearing therapist have gone out of their way to help me. I don’t mean to rub it in so please forgive me. I think you have been treated very poorly. I believe healthcare professionals have a duty of care and therefore, think something is amiss going from what you have mentioned. If I were in your position it would leave me with only one course of action:

      I would write a nice polite letter to my local MP (member of parliament) i.e.: Politician and explain my circumstances. Ask if he or she would please intervene as you don’t know where else to turn and you’re in a lot of discomfort. I say again, try to be polite as possible in your letter about the medical staff you have seen about your tinnitus etc, as they will be contacted and a copy of your letter sent to them.

      I would be very surprised if you didn't get a reply and help offered. There is an old saying: The Pen is mightier than the sword. Those words have proven to be true for me many times over!
      Best of luck
      Michael
       

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