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    Default Intermittent hearing loss?

    I know this sounds strange but for the second time my left ear hearing seems normal. It happened once after my 4th steroid injection in July and lasted for maybe a day. I told the ENT and he basically said there wasn't anything else to do, and was reluctant to do a 5th shot.

    Today i woke up and pretty quickly realized that there was absolutely no tinnitus which felt so good. I didn't bother putting in my hearing aids (I usually feel the need to right away). It wasn't until a few hours later and I was using the phone that I realized that I could hear the phone perfectly fine with my left ear.

    I dont know know if this is going to last more than a day this time, but it's very strange.
    L ------------R
    55 - 250 - 15
    55 - 500 - 15
    45 - 1000 - 10
    50 - 2000 - 15
    50 - 3000 - 40
    50 - 4000 - 40
    50 - 8000 - 35

    WRS = 100% at 75db L; 100% at 50 dB R

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    Sluggo, do you know the cause of your hearing loss?
    Freq: Right Left
    250 40 60
    500 50 65
    1000 50 60
    2000 45 45
    4000 65 70
    8000 9070

    Right: SRT=50 dB, WRS 92% at 70 dB
    Left: SRT=60 dB, WRS 80% at 80 dB

    Had stapedotomy on left ear in May, 2015. Prior to that had a severe/profound loss across all frequencies in my left ear.

    Widex220

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    Short answer - sudden hearing loss with unknown cause.

    Long answer -
    Woke up one day last February and felt like my ear was clogged and couldn't hear. Went to primary care doc who said probably clogged eustasion tube and it would go away. Then two months of colds/pneumonia that cycled thru myself and kids. I had 2 doctor visits during that time, and mentioned I still couldn't hear. They kept saying it was related to the colds.

    Finally in May or June I saw an ENT. He said sudden hearing loss. I had a mri to rule out anything else. Had course of oral and injected steroids. Had another hearing test after treatment was completed. Gained 10db of hearing plus improved word recognition. (Results in sig below). Prior to treatment hearing loss was 55 - 65db and word recognition score was 68%.

    So very long answer. Not sure what to think.

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    I have no idea, but it seems to me if the hearing comes back sometimes that must be a really hopeful sign. I hope you'll have some permanent improvement!
    Freq: Right Left
    250 40 60
    500 50 65
    1000 50 60
    2000 45 45
    4000 65 70
    8000 9070

    Right: SRT=50 dB, WRS 92% at 70 dB
    Left: SRT=60 dB, WRS 80% at 80 dB

    Had stapedotomy on left ear in May, 2015. Prior to that had a severe/profound loss across all frequencies in my left ear.

    Widex220

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    I've heard the injections can make you deaf and destroy your balance. so I'm not sure what this complex solution is to this problem for me? I haven't done any injections. I've read aldosterone and maybe glutathione can help along with ginko, vitamin E
    I think I have the option with Medicaid to try injections which seem very risky

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