Good evening all.
I have had hearing loss in my left by approx 80%, also my right ear is not as good as what it was either this all happened in August 2012.
When I went and had lots of test done for brain tumer etc the conclusion was I must have got a virus that just nocked out all my tiny hairs in my left ear :-(
I also have tinnitus in both ears.
My first hearing aid was a back of the ear Siemens Pure which wasn't that great, then I up graded to a back of the ear resound 2 which wasn't cheap.
I work in an office and there are 4 of us in a fairly quiet office which does help.
My office manager who sits on the left hand side of me is quite a low speaking chap and even when he does raise his voice higher I can't hear him unless there in no noise in the office.
(I could change places, but I just want to be able to hear on that side seeing as I have spent so much money on an aid that I supposed to help)
When out and about I still can't hear that well from the person on the left hand side of me even with my hearing aid in
Does anybody think an in the ear hearing aid might be better.
Also I suffer with ear wax so much it's amazing, I can have my ears micro suctioned and within 3 weeks or so there is a build up again, as advised I do use olive oil to try and stop the build up once a week but this makes it worse as it just blocks it more.
Also the pressure in both my ears seem quite bad most days.
I can't breath properly through my nose especially my left nostril, I was supposed to have an operation on my nose when I was in my late teens to have my nose broken and re-set my nose and the passage way to widened on the left side but I was a scaredy cat and I didn't go through with it.
My doctor who was going to do the operation at the time said if don't have the operation done I will suffer in later life (I am 57 now)
I don't know if not having the operation done has contributed to my hearing loss in some way ?
My nose always feels blocked
Anyway that's most of my life story :-)
Thank you for listening and does anybody have any suggestions
I read your post and felt like I could have written it. I have the same problem with pressure to the extent that holding my nose to unblock my ears is becoming a habit as it only makes it better for a short while.
I also work in an office. My colleagues are very understanding but I get really frustrated with the situation. Even with my BTE Phonak aids I struggle daily. I wish I knew why I can’t hear.
I have been to audiology so many times for them to reset the aids to see if they can improve my hearing without success still. They have no answers for the pressure problem either.
I really hope you find an answer for your hearing loss and get some treatment that helps.
Hello again. Well you've provided some interesting information here. A feeling of fullness and crackling noises are typical of a middle ear infection. We get lots in here with this and the answer is get thee hence to a medic who will then dose you up with drugs to kill the infection. These little ear infections can be very stubborn and sometimes take a while to get rid of. They hardly ever go away by themselves.I think it is important to get to a specialist asap before things get any worse. It could be that your blocked nose is related, it might be a sinus infection. This might be the root of the problem, or not. The trouble with ENT bothers is that they are all related to one another and that is why the one department deals with all three but actually isolating the problem may take time.By diagnosis I meant a diagnosis of your deafness. There are lots of different types of hearing loss and an audiogram is a reliable guide as to what is going on. We have people here who can read them like a book so if you have one we can take a look at it for you.
But definitely this infection is a job for a professional and we can help with the aftercare and management.
thank you for your reply.
I did have an MRI scan when I first lost my hearing in my left ear and I went to an audiologist from the NHS who did certain tests but they all said it was because of a virus.
The doctor who did the test also checked my pressures and said they were ok but my ears always feel as if they suffer with pressure and I have to hold my nose and blow to open the inside of my ears and things go a lot clearer.
When also holding my nose and blowing out there is always a lot of cracking in my ears and even when I yawn.
Amplifon also said it was a virus that knocked out the tiny hairs especially in my left ear.
My tinnitus is with me everyday ever since I lost my hearing in August 2012
When I mentioned yesterday that I was supposed to have a operation on my nose to open my airways do you think this may have something to do with my problem ?
Been in the wars, haven't we? OK you're in the right place, we can help.First of all you do not seem to have had a proper diagnosis. "Some kind of virus" is a guess not a diagnosis. So I think the first step for you should be to speak to a specialist ENT person about all this and they will hopefully get an accurate picture of what is going on. Feel free to come back to us with questions at any time. It might take a while but what you need to do is to make an appointment with your GP, explain the problems and ask to be referred to an ENT specialist. Most doctors don't have the equipment or knowhow to do an in depth diagnosis, they refer people on.Tinnitus : we have a sister forum just for Tinnitus. Talk to those guys, what they don't know isn't worth knowing. I'm having an attack myself at the moment having been free for years. Just one of those things.Ear wax : Be careful with the amount of micro-suctioning you have. It's not considered a great idea to have it too frequently just in case it causes physical damage. Wax can be controlled but not by olive oil. Save that for the salad and try Sodium Bicarbonate Ear Drops BP. You can get them from a pharmacy in a little dropper bottle and all you do is apply a few drops daily. If you get a blockage you can soak your ear drum in the solution and in a short time the wax will disintegrate. Recommended to me by my GP about 30 years ago and I have passed on the tip ever since. Your GP may know of something better.Once you have seen the ENT guy they will be able to give you a better idea of what to do next and we will be able to advise you on anything you might be concerned about. Best of luck with it, I think it sounds fixable, just needs the dents banging out and a bit of paint...