Tinnitus and Progressive Low Frequency Hearing Loss

Discussion in 'Support' started by Prince20, Jul 31, 2020.

    1. Prince20

      Prince20 Member

      Location:
      Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Cold
      Hello everyone,

      My tinnitus started in late February two days after catching a cold. I recovered from the cold in 2 weeks, but the tinnitus remained. The most annoying tinnitus is a low frequency hum that at first I didn't know was coming from my left ear. I had TMJ issues on my right, so I thought it must have been coming from the right, only that it didn't come from the right so I had no idea what was happening. However, when I did a hearing test with a cell phone app in April, I didn't detect a low frequency hearing loss. I saw an ENT in mid-May when COVID-19 restrictions were slowly being lifted, and the ENT didn't detect a low frequency hearing loss for either ear at 250 Hz, so he called it idiopathic tinnitus.

      Then, in early July while listening to low frequency sounds on my iPad, it dawned on me the hearing on my left side wasn't as good as the right. I ended up seeing an audiologist in July. She confirmed that at 250 Hz my left ear had sensorineural hearing loss that is 20 dB worse than my right ear. I redid the hearing test with the same cell phone app that I used in April, and it seemed that the low frequency hearing in my left ear has become a lot worse.

      I don't know what's going on. The audiologist didn't think it's Meniere's because I didn't have vertigo attacks. If it was sudden hearing loss due to the cold in February, then I couldn't explain why my hearing has gotten worse since May. I don't know of other likely causes of unilateral low frequency hearing losses.

      My family physician doesn't know much about hearing issues. Right now I don't know what's going on, or how to proceed.
       
    2. Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire (Maybe) & Menieres
      Just because you don't have vertigo doesn't mean you don't have Meniere's. I have never had a vertigo attack yet my low frequency hearing continues to decline. I'm 33 years old and have always protected my ears. I thought I caused tinnitus from gunfire but it seems my losses are all now in low frequencies.

      Also don't ever listen to an audiologist. They are all idiots.

      Cochlear hydrops.
       
    3. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Cochlear hydrops?

      @Samantha R
       
    4. Jrblovsky

      Jrblovsky Member

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Christmas 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gunfire (Maybe) & Menieres
      Cochlear hydrops or secondary Meniere's disease. Meniere's can affect the vestibular or cochlear region of your inner ear. Just because you don't have classical symptoms doesn't mean you don't have it.

      You probably have the same thing I have but it sounds you have it bilaterally. I hope you are able to deal with the noise better than I am. My life, my career, and my sanity are all in shambles since this started. I had to give up a near six figure job because of the noise.
      I have researched Meniere's a lot since I lost my career, trying to find a cure or even relief. As of now I have nothing. Some habuiate to their tinnitus and are fine, I am not one of those people. Mine is 750 Hz and 75 decibels constantly.

      I am trying Diamox now and plan to try antivirals next. If those dont work I'm going to see about a cochlear implant.

      Best of luck

      Josh
       

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