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I lost total hearing in my left ear 11 1/2 years ago. I went to bed one night and when I awoke the next morning I could not hear one thing. A friend called me on the phone and I kept saying hello hello and I couldn't hear her. I changed ears and could hear her then. I went to my family Doctor and he sent me to a ENT and he told me that it was a virus. Two years ago I had gone to bed and I always leave the TV on and set it to go off. My husband came to bed and I thought I heard him say something so I looked at him and he looked like he was sleeping so I laid back down. In just a few minutes I heard him ask me to please turn the TV down. I sat up to turn it down and my head felt so strainge then the sound on the TV started going down down down. I jumped up and told him to get up he had to take me to take hospital. They had told me before if I had come sooner they may could have helped me. We went to the hospital and the ER Doctor said I had fluid on my inner ear and my eardrum was real red. He gave me medicine and told me to go to ENT the next day. I did and he sent me to specialist . I had a hole in my eardrum that he closed, but did not help my hearing. I can hear but can not understand what is being said. My Cochlear nerve in damaged, but can not tell me how it happened.
I am seeing a ENT at UAB in Birmingham in April.
Any information anyone can give me I would appreciate. I am very nervous about this . I don't know what to expect. I hate to give up the hearing I have now. I can read lipe pretty good, but that is not like hearing. I am not happy with the way I am living now. Everyone is so considerate and helpful to me now.