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    Old 03-19-2011, 05:03 AM   #16
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    Re: Left-ear fullness/hearing loss-- help!

    I know it's been quite a while since my last response and, unfortunately, I wish I had better news.

    I have had no luck with the TMJ therapists.

    I started seeing another dr who is AMAZINGLY thorough. He's really been fantastic. He refuses to see reports. He wants to see all the film himself. He ordered a special high-frequency audio test as well as an MRI of my brain/skull area to look at my ear.
    He looked at both my CAT scan and the MRI and said that the good news is that I don't have anything life-threatening. The high-frequency test showed that my left ear (the problem ear) was stronger in the high frequencies but is about 10db lower than the right in the low/mid-range frequencies. The tech said it absolutely isn't noise-induced hearing loss.
    This dr. still doesn't seem to know what it is.
    He performed a myringotomy a day and a half ago. The pressure definitely seems to have subsided but the ringing is still there...and I haven't gained back any of my hearing. He said that could be instantaneous or it could take several days...or never...depending. If it gets better, than we know it was a malfunctioning eustacian tube. He doesn't seem to believe in TMJ being a factor.
    However, I'm feeling quite hopeless these days. I cried a lot last night. This is affecting not only my work but my personal life. My hearing was/is attached to all of my passions and my core as a human being. I'm absolutely miserable and I feel like this is never going to be fixed. It's so frustrating to constantly feel like nothing is ever going to change...or help. I guess I half expected the pop that I felt when he opened up my ear to miraculously change everything.
    Obviously it hasn't.

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