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Sudden Hearing Loss & Tinnitus should ENT prescribe steroids

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 18, 2010
  • 11:22 PM

About a 7 days ago I had sudden hearing loss along with tinnitus and fullness in my right ear. I have been to the ENT 2x and they have done 2 hearing tests. The tests were consistent and showed mild hearing loss. Also waiting for the results of MRI....

I have done a lot or research and have found that a typical course of treatment is steroids, and it is important to do this within the first 7-10 days. As of right now my dr. has not suggested steroid treatment given my loss is minor.

Is this correct or should I insist on the steroid treatment? I am really having a tough time with the tinnitus. The fullness feels a little better.

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  • Hi. Can you tell me how your story ended? On Sat 2/2/13 I was exposed to loud noise.. at a club was caught near a speaker for a short time. The next day I noticed ringing and a fullness/clogged feeling in my right ear. The ringing went away but not the clogged feeling. I went to an ENT that Wed.. and was prescribed oral prednisone for 12 days. After 1 full day of taking the steroids, ringing in my ear started, and didnt stop. I went to yet another ENT for a 2nd opinion on 2/11. He did not think that my ringing was caused by the steroids and did several tests. I have high frequency hearing loss and the OAE testing showed hair cell damage in my middle ear. He suggested that I complete the oral steroids and then possibly come in for a steroid injection into the middle ear. Now- he did not say if that would really do any good, if it would treat the ringing in the ear, or possibly the clogged feeling. I'm at a lose. I feel for everyone experiencing the ringing in the ear b/c that is the absolute worst of everything. I think I could learn to live with the full/clogged feeling. But, the constant noise is something else.
    UNCLeekie 1 Replies
    • February 12, 2013
    • 03:29 PM
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  • I think I posted on the wrong thread. Do not do the steroid injection until you have had this confirmed by someone who's a really good ENT. One shmuck wanted me to do this and the guy at the house ear clinic in LA, the guy who he wanted me to go to for the injection, said no that is the LAST thing you should be doing with your ear proble. You could haver cochlear hydrops. But get several opinions.
    Wallymarcel 2 Replies Flag this Response
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