I’m fighting a “heavy growth” of some opportunistic bacteria I’ve never heard of in my Sinuses, and Eustachian tubes. This is thanks to my immunosuppressed status. My GP couldn’t pronounce it… I’ve had 3 courses of ciprofloxacin, the only oral drug that this bug was sensitive to (a nasty antibiotic.) A rare side effect is hearing loss with this drug. I finished the last 2 week course 7 days ago, 3 days ago I noticed a decline in my hearing. I’ve noticed in my non CI ear I now some intermittent tinnitus. I’ve never had tinnitus in that ear before. I’m very aware I could be having another SSHL in either of my ears.
I used to be able to hold a conversation without my devices, I admit it was a struggle, now I can’t do this. . I’ve also started asking people to repeat themselves, this is how I know my hearing has deteriorated. I haven’t had to ask people to repeat themselves since I had my CI activated, well shortly after.
Yesterday I had a consult with my HA Aud, she did an audiogram for me. it’s good and not so good news. My L) ear which I was worried about, is still the same, this is good news. In my R) CI ear I have lost another chunk of residual hearing. Does anyone know, do ENT’s try cortisone injections to preserve what’s left of my high frequencies in CI ears? I asked my Aud yesterday she didn’t know….Or do I just wait for my mapping appointment in 2 weeks time, and get remapped?