I lost my hearing in my right ear about 6 weeks ago. I went through oral steroid and injections with my ENT without result and he basically said he couldn’t do anymore for me. I’m down about 60 db on that side so it’s a severed loss I have tinnitus on that side which I think I can live with but what is bothering me most if the feeling of fullness or pressure in that ear. My ENT basically said to just live with it that it would probably be there forever. I have noticed that certain acoustic environments make it worse and, like the tinnitus, is feels more pronounced when I’m anxious (which I have been a lot!) and tired. I get some relief when I listen to something with headphones and shift the balance a little to that side (but I can shift the balance only a little, since the bad ear sounds quite distorted.
Questions: does this feeling of fullness lessen with time? can I habituate to it the way people habituate to tinnitus, where it’s there, just not bothersome? could a hearing aid clean up the sound enough to be worthwhile? Would that give me relief from the fullness by “opening” up my egain?
Any input from people with some experience with this would be appreciated.