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Viral Hearing Loss

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Mike K P, Sep 30, 2010.

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  1. Mike K P

    Mike K P Member

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    I have lost significant hearing in my left ear as a result of a virus. There is constant noise and some pain and sensitivity. I'm on medication with the possibility I may gain some or all of my hearing back but so far only worse.

    I'm seeing an ENT doctor but was just wondering if anyone else has had to deal with this and what your experience might have been relating to shooting and otherwise. There's no way I'm comfortable shooting. Thanks, Mike.
     
  2. lytnin1

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    Mike, I suffered Meniere's [??] disease in my Left ear some years ago. Took them a while to find it. First they treated me for Glue ear [ fluid pills for 18 mths]then another specialist who then found cause.I had single sided deafness. I am now fitted with a Cochlear BAHA BP100 . Never looked back.
    My symptoms were tinitis and slight loss of balance [ not thru grog !!]
     
  3. EEB

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    Mike - A friend contracted this in mid-summer. Balance was off to the point that he could not walk. It was diagnosed as an inner ear infection. They soon discovered the virus. Unfortunately he is deaf on one side and the docs have told him it's not coming back. He is learning to cope with it. I had not heard of this until he came down with it. Best wishes to you on a full recovery.

    Ed
     
  4. Bernie K

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    Mike, I have Meniere"s and have had it for the past 10 years. Mine due to virus. Not a good thing, the hearing is only the half if you don't get the loss of balance. I take 2 tabs of 2MG diazepam. This has kept the dizzy spells away but the hearing is gone 90% and will never come back. The docs say it was caused by a virus. Good luck in the future. Bernie K
     
  5. Big Az Al

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    My son was born profoundly deaf, in the process of getting him Cochlear Implanted, A truly remarkable device that allows him to hear.

    We met many families, that had hearing lose due to either virus or medication reaction.

    The one thing that all mentioned

    was getting the implant before the part of the cochlea that takes the, elctrode/stimulator(?) hardend, there is word for that but with my spelling I am not even going to try.

    My son 13 years later is functioning very well in the hearing/speaking world!

    Check into the cochlear implant, sooner rather then later is the

    ONE

    piece of information I came away with

    FOR the viral/medication hearing loss person!

    AL Lingham

    Cochlear Corp. or Advance Bionics great products.

    Cochlear Corp from years of my sons use, GRREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE!

    I hear the same from Advance Bionics customers but no personnal exsperreince.
     
  6. lytnin1

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    Mike , as I stated, I have suffered NO significnant losses due to my BAHA [ Bone Assisted Hearing Aid] by Cochlear. It just clips on and off when I am shooting. Requires about 4 hrs surgery to put abutment [ Titanium screw] behind ear. They let it affix itself to the bone and 3 mths later fit the BAHA. Look up BAHA on the web. Regards In all Charlie
     
  7. KennyRay

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    Mikekp:

    For more than 2 years I went to my Dr. becasue I something was going on in my ear that resembled the feeling of water inside or possibly wax. I had no problem with my hearing. He never found anything even though I told him that sometimes it felt warm in the hollow spot behind & below my ear.

    I woke up one morning and knew something was different but it wasn't until my wife was talking to me with the TV on that I knew there was a problem. I heard all these words but they were getting jumbled up my brain could not process them correctly.

    A new Dr. saw that I had been complaining for two years and sent me to an ENT. Significant hearing loss in my left ear. Dr. said he was seeing one such case each week and they did not have an explanation. He said they just call it viral because they don't know the cause. He sent me for a CAT scan to make sure it was not due to a tumor/cancer on the inside where they could not see. They did not see anything. Loss was permanent so I went and got hearing aids which I do not like to wear much.

    Kenny Ray
     
  8. Mike K P

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    I really appreciate all the information. Mike.
     
  9. mrskeet410

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    Well I had some possibly good news. After 40 years of shooting my ears, especially the left have gotten really bad. I figured it was 40+ years of shooting catching up. Forty years ago few used any shooting protection, and after a couple of years of no protection, I used those sonic ear valves that were supposed to let you hear normal, but closed to stop the noise from gun-fire. I read a few years ago those were close to useless for protecting ears from damage. And damage can't reversed.

    But my left ear suddenly seemed to get worse one day when I was cleaning it with a Q-tip. It suddenly felt as if it was full of water like it does when you swim a lot. But this never got better.

    So I had my ears checked the last time I was at the doctors. They asked me to raise my hand when I could hear anything. When they tested my left ear, I never raised my hand.

    So they took a look inside. Uck! They said my ears were so full of wax it was no wonder I couldn't hear.

    When was the last time you had them cleaned?

    Beyond a scrub with a washcloth or Q-tip, never.

    You mean you have 40 years of wax in them?

    Yes.

    Make an appointment to come back in a week for a cleaning.

    Can't we just do this now?

    No, that wax is so built up and hardened in there we could never clean it out like that. Get this stuff at the pharmacy and use it for a week. By then it should be soft enough we should be able to dig it out.

    The nurse had just left the Air Force. I told her friends I had that worked around aircraft engines said the noise caused your ears to produce extra wax, and they had to get their ears cleaned every couple of years. She said yes, ears would to do that, but now they get their ears cleaned closer to every six months, and she had had cleaned out thousands of ears. I asked if shooting would cause a wax build up like working around aircraft engines? She said it would. I hope that ex-Air Force nurse is on duty when I go back to have them cleaned.
     
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