Good evening all,
I did a search of the entire forum and only found “Lyme disease” in 9 threads other than my own posts in my introduction thread. So I would like to revisit a question one of the other forum member asked back in Dec 2011 and only got one response and it was that they have never heard of such a thing…so I will ask it again.
Has anyone else here suffered from bilateral hearing loss from Lyme disease?
I was in denial about my bilateral HL & tinittus up until very recently. Because assorted doctors initially told me that I was probably experiencing temporary HL due to Lyme bacteria exposure in my cochlear and/or ototoxicity from Doxycycline hyclate in high doses over a prolonged time frame. Both of which should subside within 18-24 months.
But my new ENT/Audi team say I have a pretty significant hearing loss no matter what my situation was/is. They are very surprised I waited two and half years through treating my multiple Lyme bacterial exposures/infections (3x) and all the associated complications the Lyme disease caused before I solicited their expertise.
A small part of me is still wondering if my hearing loss is actually due to work related noise exposure. I have been using a Plantronics Encore Monaural Headset for 10+ years in a Police Department Dispatch Center. Callers are almost always loudly screaming, crying, yelling or cursing (or all at once) into my left ear approximately 4-8 hours a day, 5 days a week for the past 10+ years.
Just food for thought in case any of you see something in my recent audiogram (below) that does not seem to or usually identify as a bacterial / medication exposure hearing loss. I am trying to learn everything I can about my HL now that I know it is a life long concern. Thank you ahead of time.