Once upon a time about 5 years ago the hearing in my left ear began to get slowly worse. Soon after I had a spell of dizziness and the doctor diagnosed labrynthitis. I was off work for 3 weeks struggling with my balance and feeling nauseous.
My hearing didn't get any better and I went to see ENT. I had lots of hearing test and a scan and was finally told that the cause if probably viral and the hearing will never come back. I had a loss of 70% in my left and 30% in my right. I was given a hearing aid as they told me it would never get better.
Skip forward 5 years and my hearing is again getting worse and i'm currently off work with dizziness too. The doc say its a viral infection and gave me prochlorperazine for the dizziness and nausea.
I also have tinnitus in both ears.
I've read a few forum posts and googled a bit and meniere's disease keeps popping up.
I think Meniere's is a definite possibility and I would ask a hearing specialist (audiologist) to test you for it. You have several symptoms of it. Just to clarify, is this general dizziness or vertigo, which is a spinning sensation brought on by movement of the body, esp the head. Meniere can be treated and may prevent further hearing loss.
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Your symptoms sound identical to mine, with exception it happened a year ago and only in one ear. Docs initially thought it was Labrynthitis as well but finally got in to see a neuroentologist in May. He diagnosed me with Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. Probably caused by a viral infection as well. I wish you a speedy recovery. I could never fathom before this happened to me just how debilitating it is to lose your hearing.