My name is Ludomiro and I am totally deaf on my right year since February 2020.
Before my SHL episode, I had what doctor would call excellent hearing on both sides. Ironically I had my hearing tested 2 weeks before my SHL episode.
Only a few DB loss around 4K, depending on the day.
Hearing was/is one of my work tools because my profession is being a music manager.
In February, all of a sudden I felt a terrible pressure on my right ear accompanied by strong vertigo.
I now know that these are common symptoms for what happened to me but back then I thought it was something to do with the heart.
A good doctor visited and excluded issues with the heart and prescribed me steroids and rest. The hearing came back in full after one week. Unfortunately the same happened 2 more times in the next 3 weeks, hearing gone and back, until I was hospitalized. An intratymphanic inspection could not reveal anything strange, liquid liquid loss or structure damage. The vertigo in the meantime became terrible, I was not able to work or do anything as usual. The steroids and medicine taken in hospital did not bring any improvement.
I have made improvement with the vertigo only 3 months after the SHL episode and still recovering.
Like probably many people on the forum I had to face the fears that the SHL could have been caused by chronic scary conditions, which was excluded during my hospital stay with MRI, ear and X-Ray etc.
One month late, I was told that there were 99,99% chances that my hearing on the right side would never come back and that I should start considering a cochlear implant.
I apologize in advance if what I am about to say could be offending people on the forum who have to face way worse than my loss on one side only.
My left ear is still excellent. After 2 months when music sounded horrible, when I thought of giving up my career, job and even listening to music at all - I am learning to listen with one ear. It is still nothing like before, but it is bearable.
Originally the sound felt stuck on one side of my head, a painful experience that was beyond what I could imagine. Now it seems that my brain is learning how to position, in my head, what I can hear with my left ear.
I have been told that the audio from the cochlear implant is nowhere close what one needs to listen/enjoy/work with music.
Is there anybody in the forum who had to go through something similar?
If the audio from the cochlear is not good enough for music, are the advantages to hear in stereo again, “ruined” by an overall deteriorated quality of sound?
Either a music professional, or somebody with a great passion for hi end music, who would tell me if the cochlear implant is somehow useful to regain any level of stereo sound or if - for this specific subject - is an additional mountain to climb.
Music is not the only thing that would make me consider the cochlear implant, obviously, but it is one of them.
Thanks in advance to all who would like to reply to me.