Sudden Hearing Loss Revisited
Sudden Hearing Loss
For those of you who have visited the blog before, you may remember that we talked about sudden hearing loss and what to do in the event you experienced it.
Recently, this topic came up again in the clinic; this time it was on a more personal level.
Just before the BC Day long weekend, I woke with loss of hearing in my left ear. Initially, I was not at all sure of what had really occurred, or what was happening to my left ear. I felt pressure, sounds were distorted, I had a roaring rushing sound in my head, and normal sounds of the office around me were causing discomfort. I knew that something was not correct. It is frightening, emotionally disturbing, and reminded me of how fragile our senses really are. It was not until I slowed down after work that evening that I fully realized that I had lost hearing in my left ear.
The next day I tested my hearing, then went to the hospital emergency department with the test results. The emergency department treated me well, did tuning fork tests, otoscopy, and pondered on what to do next. The ear, nose and throat specialist resident on call was notified, and together, we decided that oral prednisone treatment was the proper course of action.
I write this note of personal involvement to remind everyone out there that may experience this yourself, or be in contact with someone who this happens to, that it is essential to receive treatment quickly.
If you have any questions about sudden hearing loss, or you have concerns about your hearing health, please contact us.