For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I started wearing a hearing aid in my right ear last September. I feel like I’ve finally come to accept this hearing loss and the idea that likely things will worsen over time. I’d also finally come to some peace about the fact that I will likely need a hearing aid for my left ear sometime within the next year or two. Now it might be sooner.
Very early last Friday morning, my 21-month-old son accidentally kicked me in the head - specifically, in my left ear - while I was trying to settle him to sleep after a night waking. I had immediate ringing in my ear and remember thinking that things seemed quiet, but I figured that would resolve. Well, now we’re at 4 days later and although the ringing is no longer present, the hearing in my left (good) ear is very, very muffled sounding. Normally, with my hearing aid at its “set” volume, I hear sounds at equal loudness in both ears, but right now, the sound in my aided (right) ear is seriously overpowering what I’m hearing in my left ear. But if I turn the HA volume down, then I really can’t hear or understand conversation. (Since Friday morning, I’ve had to ask my husband and daughter to repeat just about everything they’ve said.) I called my GP this morning. She can’t get me in until tomorrow. I then called my audiologist, who recommended I call the ENT I’ve been dealing with. The ENT’s been quite a jerk to me, but I still made the call and have an appointment to see him on Thursday morning.
I have no idea if I have actual hearing loss now, or just an injury/infection in need of treatment, but it’s very disconcerting not being able to hear properly and not being able to understand my 3-year-old daughter unless she speaks directly into my “good” ear. Anyway, I realize that my “case” isn’t likely true SSNHL, so perhaps this is the wrong forum to post this in? I’m not sure. I’m kind of anxious to see what’s going on… I’m hoping and praying it’s not permanent.
I realize most of you have stories that are far more traumatic than mine. I’m in awe of people who handle SSNHL with grace. Thanks for listening.