| | Hearing problems that vary with time
About 6 months ago, I suddenly developed some rather strange hearing problems:
- A feeling of pressure in the ear(s)
- Loss of hearing in the high frequency range
- Very sensitive to sounds in the low frequency range, which are often distorted
- Distinct feeling that both ears are affected, but the the symptoms are more pronounced on the left side
- Occasionally some tinnitus
- Sometimes a buzzing sound (much like the laser swords in Star Wars, if you know what I mean), especially when turning the head fast or putting it in certain angles
- No dizziness
The strange thing is that the problems vary in intensity every day. One day may not be too bad, whereas another may be really difficult. The latter is especially true if I have been exposed to a noisy environment or participated to activities that require a lot of 'hearing concentration'.
Originally I wasn't too worried. I thought it was just the result of a cold/flu I was recovering from. When it didn't go away, i went to see my GP, who found nothing wrong with ears, and suggested to 'wait and see'.
Since there was no improvement, I went to see an ENT specialist. He too could not find anything wrong with the outer and middle ear, but took a proper audiogram. This confirmed the hearing loss for the high frequencies, but other than recommending a hearing aid, he wasn't interested. He also believes that the actual hearing loss doesn't vary (only the other stuff), but that's not how I interpret the situation.
OK, if I need a hearing aid, then so be it. What makes me wonder though, is the fact that the problems vary with time (I even keep a diary and make diagrams). And how could a hearing aid help me against the high pressure?
Next step was an ENT doctor specializing in the neurological side of ear problems (such as Méniere's). He is the first doctor to take my problems seriously, and I hope that he can help me. However, so far we have only tried the same stuff as prescribed for Méniere, i. e. pills to control the salt balance (supposedly reducing the inner ear pressure), but without success.
Has anyone here on the forum experienced something similar? Would anyone have some suggestions that I could bring up during my next appointment with the doctor?