Suddenly Deaf in one ear! Underinsured, Scared
About a week ago, I sneezed while cleaning my left ear, pushing the Q-tip just a bit farther in than it should have gone. Two days ago, I got an earache in that ear. This morning, I woke up with ~90% hearing loss in the left ear. I want to see a doctor, but my "CORE" benefits include a $3,000 deductible and I have $400 in the bank. I have a friend looking for free/nearly free clinics, but none can see me before the end of October or after normal work hours.
I can't just leave work because it's my first day at a temporary position (my first income in 4 MONTHS!), and I'm filling in for someone will be gone for a month. I don't know what to do. I can't lose this job.
Please... advice, information, direction... something.
I just noticed that exhaling heavily and completely through my nose increases my hearing ability from ~10%-~25%. I did this a few times (pushing harder each time) and then I heard a large POP! My hearing was then at about 60%. After about 15 seconds, it slid back down to 10%.
Last edited by WaitWhat; 10-04-2010 at 02:19 PM.