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Old 09-21-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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Hearing loss after sneeze

I was in a meeting today at work and sneezed and afterwards there was a loud high pitch ringing in my right ear and all my hearing was gone - or at least 95-98% gone. I got dizzy over the next couple hours but that has gone away. The hearing loss remains as does the ringing. I did recently have a cold which seems to be mostly gone now. I have an appointment tomorrow morning with an ENT but I don't know how good he/she is - I am out of town and fly home tomorrow night. What more should I do?

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Old 09-21-2011, 07:23 PM   #2
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Re: Hearing loss after sneeze

Glad to hear you're seeing an ENT. My daughter had an "acute sudden hearing loss" that followed a cold post 3 weeks. She woke up and thought her ear was plugged and had the dizziness you describe. After 5 days we saw an ENT who diagnosed "sudden hearing loss", which they believe is caused by inner ear nerve death. She underwent emergency treatment at a university hospital but never regained much of her hearing though enough to use a hearing aid. The most important point here is that if your nerve is affected, run to a top university to get treatment as the soonest you get treatment, the more effective it is. My daughter was about 13-14 days post hearing loss and that was the maximum allowed to even begin treatment. Look up this disorder to make sure you're evaluated for it. I believe a basic hearing test will detect it based on our experience.

Old 09-27-2011, 08:10 AM   #3
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Re: Hearing loss after sneeze

Flying is probably a bad idea until you see a specialist. If you absolutely must fly, take decongestants and a nasal decongestant. Your hearing loss is something that requires immediate treatment by a doctor who is an expert.

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