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Jun 8, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

Julie, thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful and informative reply. Fortunately my hearing loss is not so great that I need closed captioning on my phone. I lost a lot of high frequency hearing so the quality of my hearing has been diminished but I can still hear. Right now I'm managing without a hearing aid. It's just a struggle to hear clearly sometimes and I have to ask people to repeat themselves. If it gets worse then I will definitely look into a hearing aid. Also, normal sounds seem louder than usual for some reason, sometimes painfully so.

I have an appointment with a psychologist next week. I don't know if she has any experience helping people with hearing loss. The thing is I'm limited, financially, to mental health professionals who accept my insurance. Where I work my insurance doesn't pay providers all that well. I'll see how it goes with the psychologist and I'll ask her if she knows a psychologist who has experience with the hearing loss issue. I just did a search for state services for people who are hard of hearing. As it happens, Deaf and Hard of Hearing services is under Texas Health & Human Services. I'll call them and see if they have a list of mental health professionals who deal with this.

There's an extra "dimension" to my hearing loss experience that is probably not all that common. My hearing loss wasn't an "onset". It didn't occur naturally. Someone did this to me. My dentist. On top of that, if I'd been thinking clearly as it was happening I could have stopped the whole procedure, but I didn't, and I don't understand why. So in addition to my anger and frustration about the hearing loss, I'm also angry at the dentist and at myself. This shouldn't have happened. When I walked into the dentist's office on May 9th, I had excellent hearing. Within a matter of minutes he severely damaged it.

To be clear, I'm not seeking pity. I've made multiple posts here out of a need to express my anger and frustration about what's happened to people who can empathize. I haven't talked about it much to family members because a) we're not all that close, and b) none of them have had this experience.

Jun 8, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

Thank you. I will give it a try. Why not? I've already tried something called NAC and a magnesium supplement.

Jun 8, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

I used to listen to NPR while driving to work every morning and then on the way home in the evening. Now I wear earplugs while driving because the road noise bothers me. Even at home I hardly listen to NPR anymore. I've kind of lost interest in the news. I'm actively avoiding music because I know it's going to sound terrible. I don't want to deal with that disappointment right now. At night I used to fall asleep listening to YouTube ASMR whisper videos. You think I can hear a whisper now? The tinnitus is too loud. So that pleasure and relaxation aid is gone. Part of me feels like destroying something.

Jun 8, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

"I have business/ client meetings where I cannot control the environment, and they are fairly frustrating and exhausting."

That's how I feel now about my work. I have to interview people all day long, and I very frequently now have to ask people to repeat themselves (sometimes multiple times!) whereas before I could just focus on what information I needed, data entry, and the decisions I had to make. As you said, it's incredibly frustrating and exhausting in a way I can't explain. It's like it takes more mental "energy" to focus on understanding what I'm hearing.

Jun 7, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

Thank you for replying. I don't know what's worse, knowing or not knowing what caused the hearing loss. At least yours isn't the result of something stupid. When you wake up is your hearing loss still the first thing you notice? How often do you think about it? I wonder if possibly a tiny blood clot cut off blood supply to you cochlea resulting in cell death? I mean I can't imagine what else could just spontaneously happen to damage your inner ear. Maybe an autoimmune reaction, but seems like that would affect your whole body. I don't know, but I would have a hard time letting that go. I'm scheduled for a follow-up in about a month. I might have that injection. The doctor will decide then. She told me studies about the use of steroid injections are related to idiopathic sudden hearing loss, not hearing loss from acoustic trauma. I'm going to call tomorrow, though, because my ears are still burning constantly.

Jun 5, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

Eloise, thanks for replying. I found a local HLAA chapter. Unfortunately they don't meet this month. I'll try to connect with them next month. I'm sure a hearing aid is in my near future.

Jun 5, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

How do you stop noticing the difference in how things sound? I'm very detail oriented, and have obsessive tendencies (obviously). It's just the way I am. I'm known at work for my attention to details. So I keep noticing the difference in the way things sound. At the moment I'm lying in bed and I can hear rain on the roof but it sounds muted, dull. Every time I notice a difference in how something sounds or notice that I'm not hearing something that I should be able to hear it's makes me angry or frustrated or depressed. I'm sure many who read this might say, "You're lucky your can hear the rain at all. What are you whining about?" I understand that. I am fortunate I didn't lose more hearing. Nevertheless, I've had what is, for me, significant unexpected heart loss within a matter of minutes, and it was totally preventable. I told the doctor it feels like there's a dead zone in my hearing. She said, "There is."

Jun 4, 2019 · Anxiety and disbelief over sudden hearing loss and tinnitus in Hearing Loss

My job is interviewing people for food stamps and Medicaid. All day long I'm interviewing people, some in person, some by phone. Understanding people on the phone has become a serious problem. Sometimes when I call they're riding in a noisy pickup truck or they're cleaning around their house or they're outside where it's windy or on a bus or shopping. Any background noise now makes it near impossible to understand what they're saying. I even have trouble sometimes understanding the person sitting just across the desk from me. I went from crystal clear hearing to this overnight. Between the hearing loss and the tinnitus and the anger and anxiety I'm not functioning very well. I called my ENT's office and they worked me in today. They did another hearing test. It was essentially the same as the last time. When my doctor walked in my eyes welled up unexpectedly. Did not see that coming. She wants me to come back in another month to follow up with another doctor who might do a steroid injection. She said I will likely need a hearing aid. The next step is to get a referral to a psychologist.