My Life With Hearing Loss

Last Update: September 26, 2017

Well, I went to the ENT yet again because of my hearing issues. I will back up to say that I have Meniere's disease, which is an inner ear disorder that causes hearing loss to one ear...along with other symptoms. I have been living with it for almost 20 years. For some, it goes away on it's own, for some it ends up affecting the other ear, and then for others (like me) it just never goes away.

So I moved to Florida 6 months ago, to live on the beach....my dream destination to retire to. Only to end up with continuous ear problems. For four months, I have been battling hearing loss (practically no hearing), ear pain, vertigo, a fuzzy head, and just pretty much feeling like crap.

I think I have been to the doctor at least 15 times over the course of this time. I have been prescribed steroids, after steroids, after steroids. I have been prescribed antibiotics, and ear drops and nose spray, and I have gotten numerous steroid shots. Only thing that really works is the huge doses of steroids.

Went to the ENT again today, and he basically told me that there is nothing he can do. I just have to keep taking the steroids. Somehow, in the back of my mind, I am thinking that this cannot be healthy to take so many. It is all because of the darn hurricane season here and the pressure changes. I think my ears are a walking barometric pressure gauge.

Now, I am at a quandary. I am living in the ideal location, but my health has taken a nose dive. My stress is at an all time high, and I am feeling, well very frustrated. I make excuses for why I can't hear, and I avoid going anywhere because it is embarrassing.

So, sometimes some might think things could get no worse. For me, well I would tell you that yes they could. Always try to stay positive and think of the good things in your life. That is always been what I do. Just really hard right now to do that. So I guess I will just take one day at a time and hope that one day, I will wake up and hear the birds!

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RodClark Premium
Hi Leahrae

This is not the same issue as you have but might be worth investigating :0)

http://soundtherapyinternational.com

Anything that may help - right?

Cheers
Rod
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mattysmom Premium
Exactly Rod, I am gonna take a look. Thank you :)
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ElianeLima Premium
So sorry to read this...

I truly hope things get better for you and you soon "hear the birds".

Praying for you.
Eliane
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mattysmom Premium
Thank you Elaine :)
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DebbieRose Premium
I also experience vertigo and ringing in my ears but it is nothing compared to your symptoms. I'm not at all familiar with your condition or the path you have taken to cope. Have you tried any natural remedies and would you consider? I just did a search for natural cures for Meniere and many sites came up with products to try. Just a thought. All the best to you in your treatment and progress. Sending you much healing energy.
Debbie
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mattysmom Premium
Yes, I have tried a LOT of them and none seem to work for me :( But I will try anything new, that is for sure. I'm at my breaking point, still staying positive, but it is hard.
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DebbieRose Premium
I have health challenges too. Attitude is everything. All the best to you.
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McWord Premium
My heart goes out to you! I also have some of the symptoms you describe, chronic tinnitus and hearing loss (right ear), but I think it was all caused because of my service in the USAF.

I hope you find some relief soon!

Take care,

mitch
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mattysmom Premium
Thank you Mitch!
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TammiP Premium
I hope that you will one day wake up and be able to hear again.

T
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mattysmom Premium
Me too Tammi. Thanks :)
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