Sinusitus and hearing loss
April 29, 2014 10:51 AM Subscribe
Went to the hospital on doctor's orders, they dramatically improved all my symptoms except the scariest one.
posted by mreleganza to Health & Fitness (28 answers total)
So I went to the doctor because what I self-diagnosed as a bad head cold and sinus infection got completely out of control....in addition to constant huge buildups of mucus, each day over 4 days my hearing would be more impaired than the last.
The doctor (an urgent-care physician since I will be without insurance 'til July) said I had an acute upper respiratory infection, conjunctivitis (my eyes started secreting pus heavily too),and sent me to the the ER because he couldn't do anything (this had more to do with my high blood pressure, also an issue with no insurance, but happily the hospital gave me BP meds, and that's not what my question is about.)
The ER rediagnosed my respiratory infection as sinusitis. They gave me two injections, two pills, and five prescriptions for my various ailments. My blood pressure improved dramatically, almost immediately. So did my conjunctivitis and nasal passages. One thing concerns me:
My hearing hasn't improved at all. I think it has gotten worse. I can't hear my own footfalls with shoes on unless I high-step, I can't hear the clack-clack of the keyboard as I type this.
I've tried reading a bit online and found nothing too scary. It's "better" that the problem is in both ears, since it's a bit less likely that the infection would cause permament nerve/ear damage to both ears. The hospital said there's a lot of fluid in my ears, but didn't prescribe me anything specifically for my ears (I got a steroid, a BP med, an antibiotic, and two nasal sprays).
What I've read online is, you just have to wait for the infection to go away.
I guess it has not gone away yet, but it is concerning, perhaps needlessly, that all my symptoms have dramatically improved except that. Anyone have any thoughts, opinions, or experiences?