Long answer: I have a diagnosis of Ménières Disease, mostly in the left ear.
Ménière's has four distinctive symptoms:
- Aural fullness
- Hearing loss
"Mr. Brady, we're calling to inform you your tests were negative..." No cancer, no MS. Cool beans! Nope, just irreversible deafness, occasional bouts of sudden dizziness (and nausea and puking), a 24/7 concert of crickets, and an ear that feels like I can't clear even after I have. The condition is apparently caused by endolymphatic hydrops, excessive fluid in the inner ear, which tears the hair cells off the walls of the semicircular canals (balance, nausea, and puking) and the cochlea (tinnitus and hearing loss). The disease is both progressive and irreversible. Great, just great!
I noticed that co-workers seemed to be getting used to me not understanding everything they said. Scary moment number two: social isolation. Screw that! Off to the audiologist again. Left the office hearing much better, but with a $1,500.00 dent in my credit card. Still can't use the phone with my left ear, but at least I can hear it ring.
Still feeling a little sorry for myself, but I'm working it...