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SCARED: Ear fullness, ringing and loss of hearing please help

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 16, 2010
  • 03:58 PM

I am a 41 yo healthy male.... On Monday afternoon 10/11/2010 after returning from a mountain bike ride I noticed a buzzing in my right ear and followed blocked feeling in that ear. The buzzing continues and I can't hear well out of this ear. I have also felt a lot of pressure/fullness on that side of my head. My balance is fine. Have not had a cold in some time.

First went to my primary care Dr. on Wed. He prescribed a round of antibiotics, since his first thought was an ear infection. Been taking these for 4 days now. Also, went to the ENT dr Thursday and he confirmed that I have mild hearing loss in one ear. They did a Otoacoustic Emission Test and it was abnormal in both ears. One more than the other. Have a MRI scheduled for Monday.

I start reading the things it could be and I am scared. I am having a hard time functioning and have not been in work all week. Not sure there is much anyone could do to help me... Also, the buzzing is driving me crazy. Any encouraging words would be helpful.
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  • I am a 41 yo healthy male.... On Monday afternoon 10/11/2010 after returning from a mountain bike ride I noticed a buzzing in my right ear and followed blocked feeling in that ear. The buzzing continues and I can't hear well out of this ear. I have also felt a lot of pressure/fullness on that side of my head. My balance is fine. Have not had a cold in some time. First went to my primary care Dr. on Wed. He prescribed a round of antibiotics, since his first thought was an ear infection. Been taking these for 4 days now. Also, went to the ENT dr Thursday and he confirmed that I have mild hearing loss in one ear. They did a Otoacoustic Emission Test and it was abnormal in both ears. One more than the other. Have a MRI scheduled for Monday. I start reading the things it could be and I am scared. I am having a hard time functioning and have not been in work all week. Not sure there is much anyone could do to help me... Also, the buzzing is driving me crazy. Any encouraging words would be helpful.Read more at http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?p=4391189&ktrack=kcplink#post4391189I'm a 52 yo male with many of the same symptoms and I went to my ENT last spring. The diagnosis he favored was something called otosclerosis, which is a stiffening of the stapes (the tiny stirrup-shaped bone in the middle ear that vibrates with sound). He had me get a CT scan and it didn't confirm anything (they were looking for abnormal thickening of the stapes), but it didn't rule it out either. It is much worse on the right, but he found similar type of loss in bone conduction hearing on both sides and so he remains convinced that I have otosclerosis and he suggested having a consultation with a surgeon who is experienced in a procedure in which the ear drum is moved out of the way and the stapes removed and replaced with prosthetics. He said in about 80% of the cases, the sufferer gets some significant return of hearing but in 4% of cases it becomes worse or leaves that ear totally deaf (yikes!). I realize that the percentage is small, but I haven't felt ready to pursue surgery. He said that I can opt for a hearing aid and consider the surgery later. I haven't been definitively diagnosed but at least if it is otosclerosis, the surgical option sounds promising. I was glad for the hope even if I'm too scared at this point to consider it. I don't know if the doctor mentioned the same condition as a possible explanation to you, but I thought if it turns out to be that, you might take some comfort in the possibility of a solution. I wish you well.
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    • November 18, 2010
    • 03:10 AM
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  • I'm a 52 yo male with many of the same symptoms and I went to my ENT last spring. The diagnosis he favored was something called otosclerosis, which is a stiffening of the stapes (the tiny stirrup-shaped bone in the middle ear that vibrates with sound). He had me get a CT scan and it didn't confirm anything (they were looking for abnormal thickening of the stapes), but it didn't rule it out either. It is much worse on the right, but he found similar type of loss in bone conduction hearing on both sides and so he remains convinced that I have otosclerosis and he suggested having a consultation with a surgeon who is experienced in a procedure in which the ear drum is moved out of the way and the stapes removed and replaced with prosthetics. He said in about 80% of the cases, the sufferer gets some significant return of hearing but in 4% of cases it becomes worse or leaves that ear totally deaf (yikes!). I realize that the percentage is small, but I haven't felt ready to pursue surgery. He said that I can opt for a hearing aid and consider the surgery later. I haven't been definitively diagnosed but at least if it is otosclerosis, the surgical option sounds promising. I was glad for the hope even if I'm too scared at this point to consider it. I don't know if the doctor mentioned the same condition as a possible explanation to you, but I thought if it turns out to be that, you might take some comfort in the possibility of a solution. I wish you well.I am a 39 year old female and was diagnosed with this condition. My consultant told me it was hereditary and i have hearing loss in the right ear and will eventually lose my hearing in the right ear. All the symptoms you have, i have, they did treat me for glue ear for 2 years till they diagnosed it. I was told by my consultant that the stirrup is not moving, this stops the soundwaves from coming through the ear. When i go below "20" i will require a hearing aid, im just below just now but waiting till i get to "19". It turns out that my great grandmother had this condition, it seemed to skip a year. Sometmes when i get off the bus im walking up the road and i can still hear the engines in my ear and this can go on for a good 20 minutes, other times i could literally stick a knitting needle in my ear!!! The good thing is that my partner now knows i do not have selective hearing! Good luck with your diagnosis, i am positive about this, people who work with computers and have problems with their eyes need glasses, i need a hearing aid. Thank goodness we have 2 ears. x
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  • I've just lost the hearing in my left ear . Third day of steriods . I have tried a set of noise blocking headphones . they use for jackhammering and such . They don't block out all the noise but most . It seems to help to block out the good ear and give some balance to the noise . I don't get the irrating noses in my bad ear that crackle . I don't wear them all the time . just to walk done a busy street or driving and other noisey places . It just looks like your listening to music . Sometimes I can even get nap with them on .I play the drums and noticed an increase in the ringing when I only plugged the bad ear . But with the headset it seemed to help . I could still hear enough to play but did not have lasting effect . I don't know if this will work for anyone else . But any relief is something to try .Thanks
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