Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you guys know that I really like this board and it's comforting to see other people who can relate to what you're going through.
My problems started exactly a month ago. I'd attended a wedding reception where the band and dj were a bit too loud. As a result, my hearing ended up muffled and dull the rest of the night.
Things improved the next day but my ears weren't the same. My ear canal felt a little sore, and over the next few days I felt pain inside my ears and I developed ringing as well. Thing is, I've always had tinnitus, but it was always a soft hum that I could hear only in really really quiet places and it never ever bothered me. Suddenly, it felt like the pitch of the ringing had gone up a notch, though the ringing would come and go. Usually my ears would suddenly feel blocked followed by the high pitches ringing which would disappear just as suddenly as it came.
Anyway, I decided to wait and watch over the next few days, hoping to see some sort of improvement. Things just remained the same, and the final straw was when I'd gone to watch Shrek the third in the theater and ended up having my ears hurt like crazy by the end of the movie. My ears had turned way too sensitive to sound, and the ear pain was dull and intermittent.
So finally I went to Doctor #1 (Gen Phys). He looked in my ears and said that my ear canal was red and inflamed and that I have an ear infection. He prescribed some neomycin sulphate ear drops and said don't worry bout it.
Anyway, I followed his orders but a week later, my ears were still hurting. So I went and saw Doctor #2 (Gen Phys). This doctor again looked in my ears and told me that the "ear infection" hadn't quite resolved yet and that I have white spots on my ear drum. As a result, he prescribed stronger medication -amoxicillin tablets as antibiotics and ciproflaxcin ear drops, and gave me a referral to an ENT specialist.
So I go and meet Doctor #3 (ENT) last Friday, and he tells me that I don't have an ear infection! Infact, he couldn't tell me what was really wrong with me. He said that I could either have a TMJ disorder or a cochlear concussion due to the loud music exposure from the wedding reception.
The good news was that he made me do a hearing test at his office and my hearing seems to be excellent ("near virgin" in his words). Anyway, he told me to stop taking the meds as apparently nothing is wrong with my ears but I beg to differ.
I'm totally confused at this point. The GPs say otitis media, the ENT says TMJD/cochlear concussion. End result - my ears still hurt!
My symptoms change constantly from sensitivity to loud sound to feeling of hearing loss! These are some of the things I feel :
inner ear pain, sensitivity to sound, feeling of hearing loss, need to pop ears, tinnitus, red/sore ear canal, slight faintness/dizziness.
Can anyone relate to what I'm saying? Thanks for reading!