Re: Prednisone works for Cochlear Hydrops
Hi Rob Califor,
I am quite new in the world of hearing loss and am not sure my reply will answer anything but will share my experience anyway. It started the 25th of November 2012 when I woke up with an fullness feel in my right ear. I quickly realized I was not hearing the same on both hear where, contrary to my left ear, I had no rumble sound when blocking my right ear with my finger. Then, sound distortion appeared (robot-like sound effect). On the 5th day, I had enough and went to see the ENT. He confirmed I had an sudden sensorineural hearing loss of -50db in the low and mid frequency. Cause unknown. Tympanic membrane test were ok. He prescribed me a 5 day course prednisone 50mg (once a day in morning). On the 8th day into treatment, fullness and distortion disappeared. I was very optimistic on the outcome of treatment at this point. On the 13th day of treatment, ear fullness and huge tinnitus appeared and 2 days later distortion reappeared. My ENT prescribed another course of prednisone 50mg (once a day in morning) for 7 day. No gain with that course. I am now following an intra tympanic injections of steroids treatment (3 injections over 1 month). Had my last injection on the Jan 29th 2013. My ENT says I must wait 1 more month to make any conclusion on that treatment.
To date, the cause of my hearing loss is still unknown. Méniere, Hydrops and viral are the most probable but one top ENT told me I may have suffer from arterial spasm in my cochlea. Only one artery feeds it. My condition varies a little from day to day but all symptoms (fullness, tinnitus, hearing loss and distortion) are constant.