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    Old 02-10-2005, 02:31 AM   #1
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    Sudden Hearing Loss, And I'm Terrified!

    A week ago on Thursday morning I awoke feeling fine. Less then a couple hours after I woke, I went into my office and while sitting behind the computer, all of a sudden while swallowing, my right ear plugged up solid! I'm in my early fifties and have had bad sinus's all my life. However whenever I have a problem with my ear or ears plugging up in the past, they always clear out, simply by me holding my nose and blowing or just a few doses of an over the counter decongestant.
    This time there was no relief. It continued getting worse through the day with more hearing loss and all kinds of noises. Finally after a couple days of sticking on the decongestants, I started having anxiety attacks and checked into a local accute center. I had no cold or virus symptoms to this point. The doctor checked my ears and said everything looked fine, then related the problem to a possible viral infection of the Eustacian tube swelling against the inside of my ear drum. He gave me a strong Decongestant and told me to see an ENT doctor the beginning of the week.
    The end result was, the ENT saw nothing and labled it "sudden hearing loss" and I was scheduled for audio tests the next day. My hearing in the right ear had dropped by 80db!! The attending ENT doctor feels it's the Auditory nerve (maybe got infected) even though nothing else was infected and started me on oral steroids and suggested I get an MRI to rule out "tumor"! I've been on the steroid for two and a half days now and so far the HORRIBLE RINGING, and rushing in that ear is non stop and getting louder!!! I'm also on Xanex to try and harbor the Horrific PANIC ATTACKS and Anxiety attacks I've had for the past four days! I've virtually stopped eating and have'nt got any sleep since this started.
    I pace back and forth, have fits of crying and feel my life is over!! I've been a musician for years and never really played out that much. However, the band I'm in now (2 1/2 years) is fantastic and I've helped to push this band to the second heaviest booking band in Illinois as of this month. JUST THE TIME I LOSE MY HEARING!!!! I played one gig already two days after this hearing loss started and it was painful, uncomfortable and I felt repeatedly doing this will be next to impossible,, the joy I've always derived from our music is GONE!!! Given way to my feelings of despair, hoplessness and the HORRIBLE FEAR of contending with this indefinately! Most of what I've seen on this board which is similar,, does'nt look to ROSEY!!!
    I'm open for encouragement or similar instances from any concerned reader!

    Thanks for any help or encouragment you can offer!

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