Suddenly Lost My Hearing and Developed Earache and Pulsatile Tinnitus — Any Reassurance?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sue W, Jan 10, 2022.

    1. Sue W

      Sue W Member

      Location:
      manchester
      Tinnitus Since:
      21/07/1985
      Hi all,

      I’ve had tinnitus for many years and have coped well. On Christmas Eve I woke with chronic earache and pulsatile tinnitus. I have lost my hearing in that ear and the tinnitus is screaming so loud that I am struggling.

      I have seen my GP who has referred me back to ENT but I’m worried that this may be permanent. Also due to COVID-19 I expect a significant delay in being seen.

      Can anyone offer me some help or reassurance?
       
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    2. ajc

      ajc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2002; spike 2009; worse 2017-18
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music - noise damage
      Which ear did this happen in?

      Regardless, why didn't you go to urgent care immediately when that happened? Or did you and the GP failed to treat you properly?

      Steroids might have brought your hearing back, but now that it's been more than 2 weeks, it is probably too late for steroids.

      Medical negligence on the part of your health care professional, in my humble opinion.
       
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      AUTHOR
      Sue W

      Sue W Member

      Location:
      manchester
      Tinnitus Since:
      21/07/1985
      I couldn’t get an appointment until 4th January. I was given a steroid nasal spray but it has done nothing. My right ear shows fluid in there and my left (which is the worst) just doesn’t look right is what I was told. My left ear crackles but the internal noise only gets louder when this happens and my hearing doesn’t improve.

      GP said there could be an issue with the Eustachian tubes.
       
    4. Eleanor89
      Approved

      Eleanor89 Member

      Location:
      Barrow in Furness
      Tinnitus Since:
      1995
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Hello @Sue W.

      Could you not take yourself up to A and E?

      I know there’s COVID-19 but they will have to see you.

      Or even get referred and go private to an ENT.

      It’s just a thought. Try and stay positive.

      Sending prayers.
       
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    5. Johan001

      Johan001 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Medication
      If the A and E won’t give you steroids, then definitely go private and demand them there. It’s on a later side, but nothing to lose. I believe you can claim the money spent on the private care back from HMRC in this case.
       
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      Sue W

      Sue W Member

      Location:
      manchester
      Tinnitus Since:
      21/07/1985
      I have been referred to ENT but there’s a long wait. Going private is not an option unfortunately. Thank you for your prayers x
       
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    7. xyz
      Alienated

      xyz Member

      Location:
      Germany
      Tinnitus Since:
      2006 mild T 2019 T worsening H onset
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown / probably noise induced
      If already your GP says your ears are not looking good, you may have something treatable. Most of the times ears are looking good and one still has these symptoms. If on the island it's not possible to get an ENT appointment within a few days with these symptoms, maybe go directly to a hospital with an ENT department.
       
    8. Forever hopeful
      Depressed

      Forever hopeful Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2015 resolved, 4/20 L ear, increase 2/21
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2015,noise,2020-21 SNHL
      I don’t know where you live but sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency. Can you go to an ER or an Urgent Care site and get steroids?
       
    9. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      And antivirals...
       
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