I'm new in the forum, but am hoping I can get some advice....
I'm not sure where to begin, so please bear with me. I've had a gradual hearing loss in the last several years, but had an episode of significant hearing loss 2 months ago, when I thought we'd lost our phone connection because I couldn't hear the dial tone. When I realized it was there, I just wasn't hearing it, I pretty much wigged out!
I'm had increasing pressure and "stuffed" feeling in my ears which makes me sound like I'm speaking from the bottom of a barrel - only apparent to me when I'm speaking, no one else notices any difference in my voice, other than a little deeper maybe. During this same time period I've been getting headaches & facial pain, just on one side that occur every single day. Sometimes they go away withing minutes, other times I have to take tylenol, etc. which only alleviates the pain temporarily.
The puzzling part is, I'm also having numbness in my hands and arms, from the elbow down when I sleep at night & have to shake them out for 2-3 minutes every morning to get them circulating again. This is probably not related to the ear problem, but thought I would mention it.
I also have attacks of dizziness and/or nausea once in awhile, but not often. I've always seemed to have had a balance problem - for most of my life, but it never bothered me much.
I take Synthroid for hypothyroid & Asacol for colitis & that's the only meds I'm on.
I guess the question I'm asking is: Should I just go get fitted with a hearing aid, or get a hearing evaluation? I'm not sure who to go to for the hearing eval. Audiologist or ENT, or just my GP? I'm pretty sure it's probably just age related hearing loss & I don't want to spend tons of money just to be told I'm old and deaf!
My uncle and niece both died from brain tumors, but I don't think that is relevant either.
Sorry for the long drawn out story!
I hope someone out there can give me a little guidance.
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