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Sep 21, 2019 · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

JK, I have been at a stand still waiting for an appointment with a different ENT. I have left multiple messages for them to get me an appointment with no luck. Honestly I have little faith this will ever have a resolution in my lifetime. Considering donating my ears to science so they can figure it out for the next person! Hearing simply does not come and go like this. I feel that my story may be unique enough that it carries no weight with the traditional medical field. If it's not in a text book it can't exist right?

Apr 16, 2019 · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

JK I had a miserable experience with a new to me ENT. After spending the $575 to the have the mandatory hearing test to gain access to the ENT. His highly educated diagnoses "you have bad ears, some people are born with bad knees you got bad ears" He did not listen to any of my concerns nor address any of my questions. I have filed a complaint with provider and am waiting to hear back from them. Oh and indecently about 10 days before my appointment I pretty much lost my left ear! I can only hear treble no bass or low tones at all!!! He had no idea why that would be, and of course my ears looked "perfect" and according to the testing my e tubes are working perfectly normal. I asked why do my ear feel plugged and voices sound muffled? "you got bad ears"

This is so frustrating! I'm left handed thus use my left ear for the phone. I can't hear anyone in that ear and switching is proving to be quite challenging to say the least!!!!!!

I may follow up with the University of Wisconsin medical school for advice. I am waiting to hear back from the friend of a friend that is currently in school to become an audiologist. Hope he can mention my condition to an educator and if nothing else raise an eyebrow?

FYI – the chewing gum made my jaw sore from chewing, did nothing for my ears!

Mar 26, 2019 · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Thank you for your interest and advice! I am an overly analytical person and have researched heavily my dilemma. My best conclusion would be leaning toward eustreatian tube disfunction possibly related to a jaw problem like TMJ. I did get tested for TMJ and I was told nope! I do however have a tight jaw, not clenching teeth just tight and pressing tongue against the roof of my mouth. I have tried to remedy that to no avail! Perhaps I should try chewing gum?

Mar 25, 2019 · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Good evening all. Had a hard time finding a forum for people like myself with ear issues. I say ear issues because I am not convinced I have healing loss and hear (pun intended) is why. I am 57 and have had ringing in my ears for as long as I can remember. No apparent reason or known injury to cause this. My hearing has never been great I guess but seems to have decreased and my ears are feeling fuller the past several years. I have had hearing test and have hearing aids. I do not like the electronic sound the aids produce and they are not very effective most of the time due to environmental or other conditions.

Here is what really baffles me and what nobody has been able to explain or theorize a reason for.

Every now and then (one maybe two times a year) my head will feel like it flushes and bang I can hear great and the ringing is gone, like totally gone, like really awesome!!! I can hear better if not perfectly, TV volume is on 13 instead of 30 and conversations are crisp. It really is a great thing. Until the next morning……. I wake up and everything is back to my "normal" This is why I do not feel I have hearing loss, misplaced maybe but not lost as the ability for me to hear very well is within me!

My ears always seem full or plugged. If I plug my nose and apply light pressure with my mouth my ears will crackle, pop and make all kinds of noise. This is 24/7/364, not every now and then. It is all the time!

I am looking for help or a direction to turn. My local docs and ENT's just say it's age and ignore me when I tell them what/how I feel or about the occasional great hearing days.

Any help, advice, words of wisdom or personal experience would be greatly appreciated!!