Hi everyone, I am very new here and very new to being someone labelled as hard of hearing so please ignore my ignorance on this topic. I have had a good nosey around this board and it seems a lot of you are very informed so thought I would give this a try.
This is the short story: can something else other than congenital factors cause this pattern of hearing loss?
Here is the background if you have a spare 10 minutes to read: 3 years ago I got Glandular Fever, I was quite unwell but not as bad as some people seem to be with it, I took 9 days out of study. Anyway since then I have never been “right” and the main symptoms initially (ie. within 1 year) were fatigue, achy collar bones & ribs, IBS like bowel problems and just feeing like rubbish which my GP out down to Post Viral fatigue.
Since then I have a few other symptoms (some of which may be in my head, when you feel very poorly all of the time it’s easy to start thinking everything is a symptom, you almost start to look for things!), the main things that have been actually identified are that I have developed urticaria which is mainly triggered by heat/cold, sweat and feeling flustered. Last week I also found out that I have “cookie bite” hearing loss.
The specialist told me it was a heridary condition which I would have had since a young age. I’m 28, a straight A student with 2 first class hons degree. I have never had a problem hearing a lecturer or anyone else for that mater until 1.5 years ago when I stopped hearing my door bell. I also have no history of any type of hearing loss in my family. The specialist wrote in my notes that the hearing loss followed the same pattern as a hereditary pattern.
I went back to my GP thinking the hearing loss might be linked to the urticaria and the other general symptoms that I have (I think I have an auto immune problem). But because my notes say it’s hereditary the GP seems pretty fixated on that and wont accept that there is no family history what so ever, even going back 3 generations!
My question to you guys is; do you know of anything else that would cause this type of hearing loss pattern?
Sorry this is so long I just wanted to give all of the facts to avoid confusion. If it matters my Audiology results were (there is a curve type described as AC and BC if that means anything to anyone?? these scores are for the AC curve type).
Right Ear:…Left Ear:
Freq in HZ: 250 Hearing Level (dB) 45 Freq in HZ: 250 … Hearing Level (dB) 40
Freq in HZ: 500 Hearing Level (dB) 55 Freq in HZ: 500 … Hearing Level (dB) 55
Freq in HZ: 1k Hearing Level (dB) 60 Freq in HZ: 1k … Hearing Level (dB) 60
Freq in HZ: 2k Hearing Level (dB) 55 Freq in HZ: 2k … Hearing Level (dB) 55
Freq in HZ: 4k Hearing Level (dB) 45 Freq in HZ: 4k … Hearing Level (dB) 45
Freq in HZ: 6k Hearing Level (dB) 20 Freq in HZ: 6k … Hearing Level (dB) 15
Freq in HZ: 8k Hearing Level (dB) 10 Freq in HZ: 8k … Hearing Level (dB) 15
Thank you to anyone who can shed some light on this. If it turns out to be that I am hard of hearing because of genetics then so be it; I just want to ensure that there isn’t an underlying cause behind this.