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Hearing loss

on June 7, 2006

Since getting back from the doctor I’ve been doing some reading up on hearing loss. It appears that sudden loss of hearing in one (or both) ears should be considered a medical emergency. If this happens to you, get to the doctor, even if it’s during a cold. By the time your cold gets better and you realise that the hearing isn’t mending, it may be too late to get it treated.

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So I didn’t know that, obviously… and it’s been two months. The doctor says the inside of my ear is perfectly clean – there was me hoping it was a build-up of wax and he’d syringe it and I’d get to see a large lump of wax, cos I thought that sounded like fun when it happened to The Engineer’s flatmate at university!
Anyway so that’s not it. He says he can’t see any infection either (not even sinusitis, which is odd). But he did a hearing test and there’s clearly a huge difference from my left ear, which is basically perfect.

So he’s taken some blood for testing (for what???) and given me cortisone tablets to take every day for the next 20 days along with some other thing to improve blood circulation. And I have another appointment in two weeks.

Having done all this reading-up, I have to say I’m not feeling very encouraged. It seems to reckon that the longer you leave these things the less likely it is that you’ll be able to recover even part of your hearing. And all the other causes it lists are things like AIDS, or a dead nerve… things you can’t do anything about. I don’t want to be half-deaf!!!

And if I am, I can kiss interpreting good-bye for good. Kind of already had but it was nice to think I might one day go back to it, when the children grow up. Besides, I was hoping to start doing it in church again soon. 😦

So there’s nothing I can do but take the meds and trust God. Aargh, patience is not something I was planning on learning this year…


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