Tinnitus with Sudden Hearing loss —Maybe Meniere's Disease?

Discussion in 'Support' started by BuckeyesForever, Sep 22, 2021.

    1. BuckeyesForever
      Doubtful

      BuckeyesForever Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication as original cause
      I've had tinnitus for a while now. I did have a long flare after my COVID-19 vaccine but it had seemed a little better over the past month or two. It was incredibly annoying, but I was sort of learning to live with it... And then all of a sudden I noticed I couldn't seem to hear well in my right ear. It wasn't my imagination. The doctor says I have sudden sensorineural hearing loss, which honestly I had never heard of until this. I have done steroid injections and am on oral steroids too. My doctor is trying very hard to restore any hearing possible. Also, I was having some dizziness when I first noticed the hearing loss so the doctor will be doing tests for possible Meniere's Disease. Another thing that I hadn't realized was a possibility. Just when you think dealing with tinnitus is enough...

      Is there any chance my hearing might come back? I haven't noticed any change yet. :(
       
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    2. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      BuckeyesForever
      Doubtful

      BuckeyesForever Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication as original cause
      Still no change in hearing... I'm so discouraged. I can hardly function at work because my right ear can hardly hear. :(
       
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    3. Tau
      In pain

      Tau Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2019-Concert, 2021-headphones/acoustic trauma at 110dB,16kHz
      Sudden loss of hearing is a medical emergency, I suggest you go to the ER! They can check your ears and, if necessary, give you intratympanic steroid shots.
       
    4. GregCA
      Jaded

      GregCA Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Otosclerosis
      Yes, there is a chance. You're doing the "right thing" with steroids if you suspect SSNHL.

      Are you comfortable posting your audiogram? (Blank out any personal info).
       
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    5. Tau
      In pain

      Tau Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2019-Concert, 2021-headphones/acoustic trauma at 110dB,16kHz
      I thought I was replying to a different post, so I missed the fact you had already had steroids. My otologist says that you can get better in a few months after steroids, so don't lose hope. You could also take B vitamins. Best of luck!
       
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    6. drox
      Pacman

      drox Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Brussels
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2008
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Sudden hearing loss/music/stress
      Hi!
      I had several episodes of SSHL in both ears and am left with annoying tinnitus even though my hearing came back to 'normal' each time (within max 3 days but might take longer so don't lose hope).
      I think I have inner ear damage after all these episodes and no real explanation about the cause. I suspect bloodflow issues brought by stress, cholesterol or cannabis or all this together so my only advice is to avoid those and maintain a healthy lifestyle... And pray for it to work!
       
    7. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      They have done steroid injections per their original post.

      I experienced SSNHL. Depending on where the loss falls, OP, you may be a candidate for a hearing aid. I will say that the loss was more noticeable the first year but now I’ve adapted. It’s still frustrating and difficult to hear, especially in particular situations, but overall I am currently okay without a hearing aid.
       
    8. Tau
      In pain

      Tau Member

      Location:
      Europe
      Tinnitus Since:
      2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      2019-Concert, 2021-headphones/acoustic trauma at 110dB,16kHz
      My bad, I thought I was replying to a different post and it was too late to edit it.

      Yeah, if the hearing loss does not get better, hearing aids is a solution and you can even have white noise on to mask your tinnitus.
       
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      AUTHOR
      BuckeyesForever
      Doubtful

      BuckeyesForever Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication as original cause
      I have no idea how to post images. Or I would!

      Today's audiogram, no change from the first one since this started. :( Notes say moderate loss from 250-500Hz, WNL from 750-4000 Hz, sloping to mild high frequency loss.
       
    10. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      BuckeyesForever
      Doubtful

      BuckeyesForever Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication as original cause
      I'm pretty discouraged because there hasn't been any change. I've done my last injection, finishing out a couple more days of the oral steroid. It would be wonderful if I could still get back even some of my hearing in my right ear.

      What kind of B vitamins?
       
    11. Juan

      Juan Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      Did you get intratympanic injections of Dexamethasone? These are delivered through the eardrum and I think this is standard treatment for SSNHL. That or corticoids, although injections in theory work a bit better.
       
    12. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      There is an "Upload a File" option next to the "Post Reply", under the text box. You can use that to post photos.
       
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    13. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      Slam this with everything if it's been a couple days.
      • Small dose of Aspirin? Or other anti-thrombosis medication. Warfarin maybe.
      • IV Dexamethasone.
      • Antivirals (Acyclovir).
      • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 10x90 minutes over 2 weeks.
      Those are your best bets imo and hits all angles. Keep pressing. Don't wait.

      Is there any moment that occured the previous day that could've caused a PLF? Straining? Exercise? Pressure changes etc?

      A middle ear blood patch would be the next thing to try, and immediately if you had any of the above, followed by surgery if it worked.

      If it were Meniere's, it should recover. Trying Lasix might not hurt.

      The stuff at the top I'd be doing immediately if it's been past 36-48 hours.

      Chances of recovery start going down a lot post 2 weeks, and past 6 weeks there's no chance really.
       
    14. Matchbox
      Wishful

      Matchbox Member

      Location:
      BC Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      August 2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise Induced, Prednisone (drones), Barotrauma (distortions)
      You can also ask about maybe trying carbogen (30% CO2, 70% O2 mixture). It might help in your case, don't know how many gas mixtures are kept at hospitals.

      Carbon dioxide is a vasodilator generally.

      Sudden Deafness: A Comparison of Anticoagulant Therapy and Carbogen Inhalation Therapy
       
    15. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      BuckeyesForever
      Doubtful

      BuckeyesForever Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication as original cause
      Injections of Dexamethasone as well as oral Prednisone.
       
    16. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      BuckeyesForever
      Doubtful

      BuckeyesForever Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication as original cause
      What is PLF?

      The doctor is sending me for different tests now and this might've been one of the things they mentioned as something they'll be checking for. The dizziness that came with the hearing loss is gone now, and the hyperacusis is slightly improved, but the hearing loss still remains.
       
    17. Kriszti

      Kriszti Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016/2017/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
    18. Juan

      Juan Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      Woww... and did it improve so far?
       
    19. AUTHOR
      AUTHOR
      BuckeyesForever
      Doubtful

      BuckeyesForever Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, possibly medication as original cause
      Still no change in hearing :(

      I'm having a lot of trouble with ear pressure (in both ears) the past couple days. I'm miserable... Sigh.
       
    20. Juan

      Juan Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Several causes
      Courage and good luck!
       
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