Middle Ear Infection, help please?
Hi all, I'm a 25 year old female.
About a week ago I was having cold-like symptoms. You know, the onset headache and scratchy throat. I just started a new job as a preschool teacher at a children's center the week before so getting a cold would have put a major cramp in my style. After getting the beginning symptoms I ran out to the drugstore and bought ZiCam. Took it for about a day and a half and it really did nothing because by Friday afternoon I had a tremendous ear ache in my right ear. The sore throat was gone but in return I felt like I was underwater. By Friday night I was in bed with mega pain I haven't felt in a long time. Finally as the pain increased, so did this constant "swooshing" in both ears, obviously fluid, and after a few hours the levy broke and the fluid started to drain from both ears.
At about 6am Saturday morning my dad convinced me to go to the ER. I was concerned that both eardrums were perforated but the doctor said they weren't, that it was just a case of otitis media and sent me on my way with a prescription of the ever famous Z-Pack.
I rested the weekend, took the antibiotic. Did nothing. On Monday I went in and saw my GP who said that I have a severe middle ear infection in both ears with pus drainage and also walking pneumonia. He prescribed me 2 weeks worth of Avelox. I'm now on my second dose today and I can feel a "slight" change, my ears aren't draining nearly as much -- both ears have pretty much stopped completely and I'm really not in any pain now. However, my hearing is pretty much diminished in both ears. I can hear sounds but everything is extremely muffled and off. I can barely hear people talk to me. And there is a constant ringing and sometimes "roaring" in my ears.
My question is this, how long will it take for my hearing to come back to some sort of "normal"? Will the antibiotic help my hearing to return?