Hello everyone. I am new to this group. I am having rapid progressive hearing loss, and I really hope I can talk to folks who has hearing loss experience and get some advice and learn how to deal with it. I hope someone can share what they know and their experience with me. I had sudden hearing loss 10 years ago on my left, it was mild, and it was stabilized until this September. One day at work, I suddenly noticed my hearing changed. Saw ENT 3 days later, my hearing on my left has dropped about 20 decibel. ENT said sudden hearing loss usually does not repeat. I took prednisone, the standard procedure. It did not work for me. Few weeks late, hearing test result showed the same so I thought it’s stabilized. Unfortunately, Dec 9, I felt another drop. Went to ENT, again another 20 decibel dropped. I tried intratympanic inject to that ear, did not work. I feel my hearing is dropping daily now. Does anyone has this progressive hearing loss experience? ENT thinks maybe autoimmune disease but so far the blood work showed negative. We don’t know what is the cause of this rapid progressive hearing loss. I will probably go deaf pretty soon in that ear. I am scared. Is there any test that I should ask the doctor to run? I am worried that it will spread to my other ear. I am a healthy person, don’t smoke, do exercise. Hearing is the only issue I have.
My another question is that with one-sided hearing loss, I feel my left ear is very blocked, actually, my whole left side feels blocked (my head, areas around my left ear and face. When sound is loud enough, I feel like the sound bounced back out from my ear instead of going in. I hearing the sound like boin boin boin, bouncing in my outer ear. With one bad ear, I think it is affecting my hearing in the good side. Can someone tell me how they feel when they have one side hearing loss? Is this blocked feeling usual?
I have ordered a CROS hearing aid and should be coming in January. I hope it can help to get rid of this weird blocked feeling. One of the audiologists told me that since CROS does not do anything to the bad ear, so it probably won’t help the blocked feeling. Whatever I feel, will probably stay. Anyone has experience with one-side deafness using CROS?