Sorry - long…
70 years old. Went to indoor shooting range for 2nd time ever. Some old age hearing loss already but not bad.
As I recall I probably walked into room while putting plugs in and heard a REALLY loud bag. Proceeded to shoot for 45 minutes…no judgement please.
Came out - NOTHING but static. NO recognition of sounds.
Got progressively better. Went to urgent care day 3 and was told it may or may not improve - nothing to be done. I asked about steroids and was blown off.
Went to Oto doctor + audiologist day 10. By that time I could hear volume OK but had (have) a really hard time discerning words. TV + wife too much to process. Have to turn one or the other off. Can talk on the phone pretty good but difficult if not very good connection - common these days. Dr. gave prednisone which I think is helping continue slight progress.
This is day 17…Symptoms;
- Some static at times still. Seems to be when distant / not loud /speech which I normally might not understand but now static. Not often these days.
2 Hard discerning words even when volume is sufficient. Biggest problem.
- Like a phone ringing under water when I - hickup / burp / suppress a burp ? sometimes swallow / etc.
- Very slight high pitched ‘tone’ when I shake my head back and forth - (like NO). Noticed in shower - now just testing.
Can anyone help me understand exactly what happened to my inner ear to cause these symptoms?
Obviously, I would like a prognosis but realize probably nobody knows.
Audiologist on day 10 said I had 35% deficit on one measure and 85% deficit on other. Severe word recognition. He said if it remains that severe hearing aids could help some but not as much as in lesser cases. Makes sense as at this time an increase in volume does not help with word recognition.
My current plan is to continue taking some supplements I read about - a couple more days of prednisone - and see where I am n 3-4 months as far as hearing aids or other measures??
Sorry for length but just looking for any information, opinions etc. that might help me understand what I did to myself, what might help and what I might expect in the future.
Thanks so much, David