I am 38 years old and was just recently diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss in my left ear and mild hearing loss in my right ear. I have always been told I had great hearing. That was up until I experienced a sudden hearing loss back in July of 2017.
Back story: My hearing loss happened right after a couple days to a week of people’s voices sounding tinny and robotic. The experience was surreal. I heard a loud crack/pop and then it felt like my middle ear filled with cold fluid, then everything went muffled. All I could hear in the one ear was loud tinnitus and my heart beat. Since I have t-tubes installed my whole life, I instantly turned my head to attempt to drain my middle ear, buy nothing came out. So I gently attempted the valsalva technique, but I couldn’t clear the “blockage” or feeling of fullness in my left ear.
During that exact time in my life I was battling a severe case of advanced Lyme disease and was on a bunch of medication including anti-inflammatory pain pills (tylenol), antibiotics and oral steroids. No matter how many doctors I went to about my ear/deafness, they all said it was likely from the ototoxic nature of the doxycycline I was prescribed over the many months of my Lyme treatment. Nobody could give me a straight answer, but all told me to be patient and that my body was healing, so it could take up to two years for my hearing to come back.
I am a Police Communications Officer and work in a fast paced loud environment over the past 11 years. I do not know if my hearing coincidentally stopped working because of a noise exposure issue at work or if it was because of Lyme disease bacteria, or the extended high dose antibiotic treatments affecting my cochlear.
Fast forward to today and I have an MRI scheduled to rule out acoustic neuroma and other inner ear issues. I also just went for my first hearing aid fitting. They set me up with Oticon OPN-S1 in both ears. Truthfully the cost is what is holding me back because I am currently purchasing a home. So I can not make any large purchases. The bundle cost $5,995 and is way out of budget at the moment, even with my insurance picking up part of the tab.
I wanted to post a more formal introduction, but am not too good at writing about myself. So if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. Sorry ahead of time if my thoughts are out of order. I am typing this on my phone.
On a side note, I was looking to see if anyone would be willing to make me a "speech banana " showing my prescription. So I can further explain my recent diagnosis with my wife, children and coworkers. My two most recent audiograms are in my profile.
Thank you ahead of time and nice to meet you all.