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Aug 8, 2019 · Muffled hearing for 3+ months in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Thanks, Mary,
I have an 8-day dose. Four days, 2 10mg per day then, 4 days 1mg per day. I am certainly fine with this kind of treatment and, for the first time in months, I am hopeful about regaining my hearing. (Also I could not imagine how I was going to afford a hearing aid so, it is a BIG relief). Thanks for getting back in touch

Aug 8, 2019 · Muffled hearing for 3+ months in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

I finally had a hearing test. The doctor concluded there was nothing wrong (physically with my ears). She then said the loss was symmetrical. I challenged this because the left ear is much worse than the right I felt the left ear was at about 40%-60% while the right was 80%+ . After a discussion and a follow-up call from me, she prescribed a short dose of Prednisone. (I resisted because I've had friends on Prednisone who told horror stories.) HOWEVER, within three hours after taking the first dose I could hear substantially better. Throughout the day, the hearing improved. Doctor feel the eustachian tube is swollen and the Prednisone will reduce the swelling. I'll keep you informed

Jul 11, 2019 · Muffled hearing for 3+ months in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

The first appointment was fine, however, the Dr. has just moved into a new office and his new equipment had not arrived. So I now have an appointment on Monday the 2nd. Meantime…my less-than-perfect hearing continues to be irritating and problematic. Thanks for asking.

Jun 22, 2019 · Muffled hearing for 3+ months in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Thank you. You have given me hope, which is a terrific way to start the day. My mother went deaf and refused to do anything about it. Therefore, everyone around her had to yell and repeat everything two or three times. We offered to get her a hearing aid, she refused and then, she would buy gadgets she saw advertised in questionable publications. I swore I would never do that to anyone around me. My mother was extremely intelligent – in publishing – spoke six languages but, as she told me when I had driven 2500 miles to see her, "There is nothing I want to hear." This sadly was the truth. She lived in silence with her books until she was 93. So it goes. Thanks again. I am smiling:-)

Jun 22, 2019 · Muffled hearing for 3+ months in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

MY NP said the ear canal was inflamed. I have used Q-tips in the past (regardless of the warning on every box which says DO NOT USE IN THE EAR). I read somewhere that using q-tips could push the wax deeper into the ear so, that is another possibility. If I find out the problem from the ENT on Friday, I will let you know. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion. C

Jun 22, 2019 · Muffled hearing for 3+ months in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

As I was walking (about 200 feet) from my car into a friend's house…my left ear went"dead." I did all the things that had worked in the past: blow my nose (gently), close then open the ear. once home I tried removing wax…etc. Nothing has helped. My hearing is totally compromised. Voices over the phone sound like "cartoon" voices…buzzy and childlike. Each week my hearing becomes more diminished. Finally, I have an upcoming appointment with an ENT…THIS UPCOMING FRIDAY!!!! Does anyone have any clues?

Jun 15, 2019 · Falling forward in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

I had this along with an unsteady gait staggering like I was drunk)…some misplaced thoughts. 5 neurologists couldn't offer a clue. A friend of mine, a 92-year-old retired doctor from NYC said, "you have NPH." I learned NPH was Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. The way it was proven was via a spinal tap (about as painful as having blood drawn.) Following the spinal tap, I was "normal." In April 2018 they operated on my brain at Yale. No more staggering, no more lost thoughts, perfect balance, no more falling forward. Without surgery, this can progress into Alzheimer's and other dementias so I advise you ask your neurologist about it. In the past, people often called it water on the brain. In reality, it is excessive spinal fluid putting pressure on places in the brain which cause the symptoms. The Surgeon installs a shunt with tubing leading to the stomach (amazing what they can do). They can adjust the amount of fluid from the outside of your head. I was out of hospital within 24 hours…no pain…felt great…of course, we all experience things differently.