Hearing Loss and Constant Ringing in One Ear

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    1. Stormywen

      Stormywen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Hi everyone,
      Yesterday when I woke up everything was normal. In the afternoon I started noticing that my hearing was muffled in my left ear and shortly after that I developed a constant high pitched sound in that ear. It kind of sounds like the humming of a light or something. I went to bed hoping it would be gone this morning.
      Today when I got up it was worse than when I went to sleep. The noise is louder and still constant and my hearing is even worse in that ear. If I try to talk on the phone with that ear I can tell that someone's talking but their voice sounds crackly so I can't make out the words.
      Nobody in my doctor's office could see me today so I called our ENT office. They said I need a hearing test first so I have an appointment to do that tomorrow morning.
      Is there something else I can be doing while I wait? Is the hearing going to keep getting worse?

      P.S. I forgot to add that I have no pain and no cold symptoms either.
       
    2. attheedgeofscience
      Uninvolved

      attheedgeofscience Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Denmark
      Tinnitus Since:
      Childhood
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Head Injury
      SSHL is a potential medical emergency.
       
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    3. Stormywen

      Stormywen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      I guess my doctor's office isn't too worried about it. At first they were going to make me wait until April for a hearing test.
       
    4. NiNyu

      NiNyu Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma? stress?
      That's 'cause most ENTs are plain stupid. Does your ear feel muffled, clogged or numb?
       
    5. Stormywen

      Stormywen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      It's kind of a clogged sensation, like it's plugged. Not physically numb feeling but numb in the sense that my ear is not working well so it doesn't really feel like it's there....if that makes sense. I don't notice the ringing too much because we have a large family and it's pretty loud most of the time. LOL
       
    6. Lara K

      Lara K Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      You absolutely need that hearing test ASAP! I had sudden hearing loss this last September and that was exactly how it started. I had no history of ear problems before this happened. If it is sudden hearing loss they will probably prescribe prednisone. I would imagine if your hearing test shows a hearing loss they will get you into an ENT immediately.

      I don't mean to scare you, but they really recommend you start prednisone as soon as possible with sudden hearing loss. Sudden hearing loss is strange. Sometime it will resolve completely on its own. Sometimes it seems to be helped by prednisone, and sometimes you just lose hearing. I am lucky that I got most of my hearing back, but about 4 days into it I couldn't hear anything out of my left ear.

      If I had it to do over again I would push to do the steroid injections into my ear as well as the prednisone, and I would also have asked about an antiviral. If you do have sudden hearing loss, I recommend working out. I know that sounds goofy, but my ear usually improved after a workout. I think it got the blood flowing to my ear.

      I don't think there is anything you can do before tomorrow. It is good that you have the hearing test scheduled. Let us know how it turns out.
       
    7. NiNyu

      NiNyu Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      29/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      barotrauma? stress?
    8. Stormywen

      Stormywen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      The ringing is quieter this morning and the feeling of fullness in my ear is almost gone. I guess I will find out in a couple of hours if my hearing is back to normal or not.
       
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    9. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      keep an eye on it, definitely get a hearing test if you have any concerns, but if things go back to normal then don't let horror stories from here faze you too much. The symptoms you're describing can have a lot of different causes, and I think SSHL is pretty far down that list.

      I had these symptoms last fall and was in quite a panic that my T was worsening -- in fact I had a piece of earwax stuck to the outside of my eardrum.

      Do you have any jaw pain/tension/clicking? TMJ problems are a huge cause of the fullness sensation, and can even cause (temporary) shifts in hearing thresholds....
       
    10. jraulc_11
      Not amused

      jraulc_11 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2014
      This happen to me January 2014. Heard a loud pop but didnt think it was something important but a couple days later my left ear started ringing. It hasn't stop since.
       
    11. jraulc_11
      Not amused

      jraulc_11 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      January 2014
      I do have slight hearing loss to my left ear so I think thats what causing my T.
       
    12. Lara K

      Lara K Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      That is great that it seems to be getting better! Hopefully they will also take a look in your ear to see if you have any wax. I wasn't trying to scare you with a horror story, it is just that I had never even heard of SSHL, and I wish I would have know more and insisted on getting into the ENT sooner. If your hearing goes back to normal then I wouldn't worry about it anymore either. Sounds promising!
       
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    13. Stormywen

      Stormywen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      There's no wax or fluid in my ears and my hearing test is within normal limits. The hearing loss that I was experiencing yesterday is gone and the ringing is quiet enough that it is not bothering me today. I am getting a referral to an ENT anyway and they said if this ever happens again that they can get me in immediately. I am so thankful that it has resolved on it's own for now!
       
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    14. Lara K

      Lara K Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      I am glad that everything is looking good for you :) If they didn't see anything wrong with your ear and your hearing is normal that seems like a good sign that things are going to resolve. BTW, I like the cat in your avatar.
       
    15. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl
      Start immediatelly corticosteroids you had partial sportaneuous recovery.
      If you start corticosteroids immediately you some changes to recover 100%.
      SSNHL is super emergency ... you ENT is stupid must change job.
       
    16. Stormywen

      Stormywen Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2015
      Saw the ENT today and he said that he is pretty sure it was SSHL but since everything is back to normal he can't prove it. I'm supposed to avoid loud noises for a month and come in immediately if it happens again or if I get worsening tinnitus or dizziness.
       
    17. Lara K

      Lara K Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2014
      I was told that quite often SSHL resolves on its own. The prednisone would only help if your body was still trying to fight the virus by lowering the inflamation. It sounds like your body fought it off on its own, otherwise you would have hearing loss. It sounds like things are fine now.
       
    18. 1MW
      No Mood

      1MW Member

      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ssnhl
      Everything is back to normal when you T stop 100% you have no H and no sound distortion.
      If you have T or something different to your hearing you have damage.
      Except from drug treatment avoid any sound exposure for 1 month, medium sounds for 6 months
      and get full sleep (> 8 hours per day) for next 3 months with no exceptions.
       
    19. Jarod
      Sad

      Jarod Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      07/06/2015
      I found the answers to late and now my life sucks from sshl. I was googling and everything and somehow i missed the sshl stuff about my hearing lose.
       
    20. Danny Boy
      Cheerful

      Danny Boy Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      7/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ear infection
      That sucks mate....Hope you find peace within your inner self.
       

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