So, it's a shot in the dark but I figured I would start here with others to whom hearing is part of their hobby (obviously it is important to everyone!)
Last Thursday as I went to bed I noticed my left hear felt plugged up and was ringing rather loudly. I've had some ringing on and off over the years. I've also had to have wax removed from that very ear so I wasn't in a panic.
But, it wasn't getting better and felt like it was getting worse early this week. So I called the ENT I go to. They promptly found a way to see me this morning. Hoped was wax, but they were worried as it was only one ear and it was sudden.
Wax - wasn't the issue. (I was pretty bummed out)
So they immediately had me do a hearing test (I had a baseline a few years back as I do listen loudly at times and I've been to a number of concerts, my hearing was slightly better than expected for a 45 year old to my surprise.)
Today however, I was a bit disheartened as my right ear is fine, but my left ear dropped off significantly with higher frequencies. The PA (who is quite good and I trust), said the first line thearapy is that it is either nerve related if blood supply was bad for a little white, or a tube not working properly. In both cases the treatment is the same.
I can still hear words fine at normal levels, though it's a bit weird sounding, but listening to music is a strange experience right now.
Course of action - Steroids for 9 days to start. I work in med devices so I'm pretty adept at reading studies etc. So I have my fingers crossed.
I'm in my late 40's so this is a bit of bummer to say the least just having kids and all, but with audio being my hobby I'm even a bit more bummed.
I was told sometimes it just comes back spontaneously, sometimes over time etc... but that the next few weeks are pretty important.
I guess I'm just looking for anyone who may have experienced this before and maybe a positive outcome? Thanks - DP