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Latest victim of hearing lost and tinnitus.

John kuang

John kuang

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Hello everyone, I know there is old post about this but most member are not active anymore there is no way to know if they have recovered or not. So I may try my luck here.


I am the latest victims that the ringing and tinnitus claimed. A week ago I did an intense free days free diving class. After the final session I noticed my right ear are mufffled and lost high frequency hearing above 8k. Also any female voice and piano sounds are out of tune. After 6 hours of sleeping the out of tune problem is gone, over the 6 days of rest my right ear also gain back so high frequency up to 13k. Unfortunately the ringing is still killing me makes me want to put a Bullet in my brain and end it all up. I went ENT the third day after the incident, doc said no rapture, tested all hearing are fine, doesn’t believe any any damage middle ear or inner ear. just told me to rest and give it time to heal.

I am into the 9 days, the ringing just getting louder
Is any body here following up with their condition and improvement?

im a music teacher so I am completely depressed.

thank you all so much!
 
xristos

xristos

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I had 2 weeks ago a scare after riding the ear in some dives. At first it felt like ear clogged with mucus or water then it started making this constant noise. Thank god 3 days after it healed. I think I have had same thing happen one more time in the past.
 
John kuang

John kuang

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I had 2 weeks ago a scare after riding the ear in some dives. At first it felt like ear clogged with mucus or water then it started making this constant noise. Thank god 3 days after it healed. I think I have had same thing happen one more time in the past.
Thank you for the reply and you are soooooooo lucky to heal in 3 days. I am into the end of second week, no improvement in fact the right ear tinnitus increased with multiple layers of white noise and glass scratching sound. God help me.
 
xristos

xristos

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Thank you for the reply and you are soooooooo lucky to heal in 3 days. I am into the end of second week, no improvement in fact the right ear tinnitus increased with multiple layers of white noise and glass scratching sound. God help me.
Sorry to hear.....A dive buddy told me he has ruptured his drums 4 times. He said because he was young when it happened it will heal. A local super strong old diver among the first instructors told me he burst the drum s and they never healed fully and one ear he hears less.
May you wake one morning to hear perfect again and never push equalisation again.
 
John kuang

John kuang

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Thank you again for your kind words. With the increasing ringing (three layers) it’s sometimes suicidal. I am a veteran, the VA provided mental health help for me. I have went to MRI and I I’ll update this post once it’s revealed.
 
medsakord

medsakord

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You know, if you need a good hearing aid, I think you should see a doctor. I used to have hearing problems , though not so serious , and the audiologist near me helped me a lot . Perhaps you should also contact him for advice. I advise him because I know that he is not one of those who tries to advertise something, but really tries to help a person choose the most comfortable option. I think he will tell you what kind of hearing aid you can buy inexpensively but of excellent quality. Good luck to you!
 
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mkivtt

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Any update to this? I know it' almost two yrs old but I'm having the exact same problem. Went snorkeling three days ago for 3 hrs with dives no deeper than 20 feet. No pain or problem equalizing. Came out if the water, left ear felt muffled. Usually I shake me head left and right to drain the water, and I'm back to normal. But not with my left ear this time. It wasn't too bad so I let it be and I again went snorkeling two days ago. Oddly enough that seems to have cleared it mostly up, so I figured it was just some earwax that was pushed in and then later flushed out.

However overnight last night it again cane back, with a vengeance. I wear earplugs so I assumed that was more proof of it being earwax which happened to get pushed in again.

Went to a Dr today (general practitioner as there is no ENT specialist here on the island) and he said the outer ear is completely clear. He prescribed some over the counter decongestant but I am not congested... Told him I can equalize just fine, two my eustachian tubes are fine. He said there's nothing he can do.

Like you, I lost much hearing in that ear. Everything is muffled. I can't hear many kinds of sounds. I also have a constant ringing in my ear. When I'm back from this trip I'll see an ENT specialist but I'm really confused. If it's water in my inner ear, how could it get there? My eardrum is not punctured. I can still equalize and freedive without issues. What the heck caused this, and how can I get it to go away??? It's really frustrating this muffled hearing and ringing!!!
 
erixsparhawk

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How old are you? This is not uncommon in later middle age. It could be just 100% coincidence that you also dive/snorkel.
 
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mkivtt

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I'm 46 and am quite fit.

Ok, three days later, and i can hear a tiny bit better. So I assume it's draining.

I've also come up with a working theory. I defog my mask with spit, but since I snorkeled 3-4 hours that wore off over time. I the resorted to putting some water in my mask and moving it around every minute or so. I know this caused quite some slimy mucus in my nose as I blew it out a few times. I assume that while equalizing going vertically down, or while blowing my nose, some if it was forced into the middle ear.

What I don't understand is why it takes so long to drain when I'm not congested and have no allergies and am very fit. I'd assume when I equalize now on land and force air into my middle ear, that would in turn push the liquid out through the eustachian tube. Oh well. Pretty scary to go almost deaf for no apparent reason but I assume it will slowly keep draining.
 
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mkivtt

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Well I was diagnosed with issht. Sudden Sensorineural hearing loss. I'm on a steroid prescription now and will see if i can get 90m of hyperbaric oxygen daily. Together those are the current best recommendations for this. Therapy had to start within 2 weeks or the loss is likely permanent. 60% of people recover some hearing. I knew it wasn't water behind my middle ear as I could and still can equalize just fine.
 
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