I have SSHL. Sudden Sensori-neural Hearing Loss. One minute you are hearing, the next it is like someone turned the volume WAY down.
My left ear, this happened in Oct 2014, I woke up and as I stood up getting out of bed, my hearing went. This is considered an emergency, and you need to see an ENT asap. I went to my Primary Care doc, who prescribed antibiotics for an ‘infection,’ even though I had no other symptoms. It was more than 3 weeks before my PCP referred me to an ENT.
I did have the intra-tympanic injections, 3 over the course of a short time, and initially my hearing returned, but only for 4 or 5 days. The ENT said that some people regain hearing if they have the injections immediately (within 48 hours). They inject a steroid to try and calm the nerve.
My right ear went in Sept 2019. This time I didn’t bother seeing an ENT, nor even my PCP.
SSHL has many causes and unknown causes. For me, it is a side effect of me being on high dose NSAIDs for 8 years before I finally qualified for total knee replacements. The pain from the arthritis had me barely able to walk, but my health insurance wouldn’t approve the replacements. No one ever told me the side effect was going to be hearing loss. But even if they had, what was I going to do? The whole thing gets me annoyed and upset.