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Sudden Unilateral Hearing Loss

  • Posted By: ziggystardust
  • March 20, 2008
  • 04:44 PM

About 3 weeks ago, I had a sudden loss of hearing in my right ear. The only symptoms of anything I had before that was a swelling under my tongue on the same side that went away in one day. I am not dizzy.My doctor has done lots of lab work and says I have no bacterial infection and I have no ear infection. Starting this morning, I have transient facial numbness. I am a 61 year old female. My concern is abscess on the brain, meningitis or an acoustic neuroma. Any thoughts? I get an MRI tomorrow.

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  • Save yourself a lot of headache and grief and have a thin section axial CT scan of the temporal bones and, maybe, an MRI of the brain and internal auditory canals (with and without contrast). Unilateral hearing loss, combined with your other symptoms, may well be due to cholesteatoma (or some other lesion) with possible cranial nerve involvement. Of course, I am not a doctor ... just a sufferer of previous bilateral cholesteatoma ... and, now, recurrent bilateral cholesteatoma.Don't give up ... keep pushing until someone finds out what's wrong. Good luck to you.
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  • I id get an MRI on Friday but don't yet have the results. Thanks for your input. I'm printing it out for my doctor if the MRI is neg.
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