I got SSHL 6 years ago. I went to urgent care and the doctor there told me my ear is "normal" and sent me home. Then I went to ER and they also told me that's nothing they could do and just gave me a few information sheet about tinnitus. I saw my GP the next day and he told me I had middle ear infection and told me that the hearing will come back but it never did. I only got the treatment I needed three weeks later and by then it was too late. I developed severe tinnitus because of the hearing loss and because it was not treated a medical emergency, it will have this condition for the rest of my life. It affects everything I do. We need to educate the medical community that SSJL is a medical emergency and need to be treated just as a heart attack. Please do your part by spreading the news and do whatever in your power to make it happen.