Thursday, October 30, 2014

Earrificus Update

The ENT doctor went over yesterday's hearing test. My right ear is in lovely shape but my left ear? Depending on pitch I won't hear it unless its at jackhammer or GWB bridge decibel. The eustachian tube has been ruled out and the inner ear is now the culprit. I didn't have oddly specific allergies or an ear infection after all *sigh*

The most common causes for sudden deafness are apparently auto-immune diseases or a tumor so I'm scheduled for an impressive battery of bloodwork and an MRI/MRA tomorrow.

The doctor gave me handouts on sudden hearing loss and I have key words from the audiologist yesterday but I'm not googling any of it. Until conclusive results are available I am not subjecting myself to Google's "Its probably cancer" approach to medicine!

I am also to avoid any loud noises because we don't know what triggered the original deafness and therefor what could possibly damage the other ear. This is especially scary because I've mowed twice and participated in two Halloween parades (one with a marching band!) since losing hearing.

The bright side is this doctor's office is so on top of everything that my appointments have been scheduled immediately. They got my MRI/MRA pre-authorisation within four hours!


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I lost most of the hearing in my left ear 2 years ago. It turns out that one of the stirrups or something broke and collapsed closed. There's nothing they can do for it and a hearing aid won't help. It's a pain. Good luck.

kate steeper said...

meanwhile in the UK with our free healthcare , it would be another dozen trips to the doctor then a grudging specialist appointment in 3 months and a 6 month wait for a scan ...