I have been a wearer of aids for about 6 years now. About 6 weeks ago, while taking a shower, I put my little finger in my left ear to help with rinsing soap out of it. Somehow, I think, it formed a seal and created a vacuum. When I pulled my finger out, the ear popped along with a lot of sharp intensive pain in that ear.
Ever since then, my hearing in that ear has noticeably lessened/dampened. For the next three weeks or so, every time I would blow my nose, there was the same excruciating pain from my left ear. The pain gradually lessened, and has since dissipated completely. But, my hearing has not returned to what it was before the incident.
As soon as we returned home, I went to my family physician. He could not see any damage, other than a little redness. I then went, later, to my audiologist who adjusted the left aid to help with the hearing loss. He needed a referral from my doctor (for Medicare insurance to pay) to do an actual full test. I just had the test Monday. He said there is damage to my inner ear (maybe middle ear?).
So, that is where I’m at. Waiting for a referral from my doctor to see an ENT (ear nose throat).
Sorry, just thought I would post.