Does Anyone Have Low-Frequency Hearing Loss and NOT Have Meniere's Disease?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Jkph75, Jul 24, 2016.

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    1. Jkph75

      Jkph75 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2/27/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have a reverse ski slope audiogram. They are trying to tell me that I had Labyrintitis but I am not buying it. If I had Labyrintitis this noise would be getting better and it's not. I don't see what else it could be other than early Meniere's. Does anyone else have this and not have Meniere's?
       
    2. GregCA
      Crappy

      GregCA Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      I used to have this (low frequency losses) and it was otosclerosis.
       
    3. Redhen
      No Mood

      Redhen Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      Yes, I have this as well. I've had this problem for nearly three years. I suddenly noticed a roaring noise in my left ear, which subsided after a month of so leaving me with a low pitch hum. After six months I went to ENT where an audiogram showed that I had a severe reverse slope loss. The consultant said "cochlear hydrops" and prescribed betahistine 16mg x 3. I only took it for a few days as it upset my stomach. Six months after the first appointment I returned to ENT and my hearing had recovered so they discharged me. The tinnitus was still there though.
      I have continued to have constant tinnitus - mostly a low drone - but every few days, a reactive flare-up where many things (tv, tumble drier, low flying plane etc) make it louder and sometimes pulsate. I take a very low dose of Betahistine 8mg x 3, which may help. I have reduced salt in my diet but still have coffee. My GP, when I spoke to him, a couple of months ago, looked at my notes from the hospital visit 3 yrs ago and noticed that it said 'mild menieres'. However, I have never had any dizziness or vertigo.
      I have learned to cope with my tinnitus pretty well by keeping very busy with creative and absorbing hobbies. I seldom mask at night now. My last audiogram showed mild reverse slope loss in both ears. Sometimes I can feel something 'rattling about' in my worst ear when I shake my head. I mean to visit my GP to insist upon another ENT appointment. As the sensation of something moving in my ear is so definite I often wonder whether it could be sorted out in some way. Sometimes my bad ear feels blocked, and occasionally I have a tingling in the side of my face towards my eye. It is hard to get an appointment with an ENT here in the UK and I am wary about seeing a private specialist.
      Sorry for such a long post, but this thread has prompted me to ask if anyone has any ideas or similar experiences. Thanks.
       
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    4. Lauren Morse
      Cowabunga

      Lauren Morse Member

      Location:
      Salt Lake City
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Trauma/Migraines
      @Redhen

      Did your low frequency tinnitus/hearing loss start from loud noise exposure, or is it just aggravated by noise?

      I have a similar problem going on, but mine seemed to start from a migraine and then noise exposures, which frankly were not supposed to be dangerous in terms of loudness or duration. My T is aggravated by the same noise triggers as yours though...

      Perhaps you yourself should consider the possibility of migraines. Do you get any other neuro symtpoms? I'm just wondering because that's another cause of that kind of hearing loss.
       
    5. Redhen
      No Mood

      Redhen Member

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2012
      Thanks @Lauren Morse for your suggestion, but I don't think my ear problems are down to migraines. However, I am feeling much better due to a much stricter low salt diet and a pair of hearing aid/maskers. My low drone started suddenly in December 2012 and stayed with me. My 4K loss (see below) was probably caused by practicing my accordion for 10 years or so.

      Low salt: I got some tips from a very helpful post a few weeks ago on this site and by checking packets and weighing food I have managed to get my salt intake down to 1,000-1,500 mg per day. It's not easy to do but it has reduced the blocked feeling in my left ear and dimmed the tinnitus. It has taken a month to feel the benefit of my new diet, which is pretty bland but it is worth it.

      Hearing aid/masker: I decided to visit a private audiologist who tested my hearing and pointed out a hearing loss at 4K, in one ear, which I thought up till then was insignificant. She matched my tinnitus with a soothing whooshing sound, less 'prickly' than white noise. I have these on trial for 30 days and have worn them constantly for a week, just with the maskers on. They are wonderful. The new noise merges with my tinnitus and takes the edge off it so that I am less annoyed by it even when in the quiet. The aids have made my tinnitus less reactive as well. When I return for my next appointment I will ask the audiologist to give me a little amplification to fill in the lost 4K hearing notch.

      I can't believe that I suffered for so long and now feel back in control. I hope you manage to find some relief with your tinnitus Lauren.
       
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