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Menieres and Hearing Loss

Discussion in 'Your Living Room' started by Gords, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Gords

    Gords New Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    Hi, i was 'diagnosed' with menieres around 10 years ago after being rushed into accident and emergency one night with a really bad bout of dizzness that i hope never to experience ever again. I was told by my doctor some days later that i probably had menieres without any tests but after listening to my symptoms. I took this as a good diagnosis after reading up on menieres and realising i had been suffering for a few years from pretty much all the symptoms.

    A few years ago i saw a hearing specialist in the private sector who did way more tests and listened to my story and was not sure about my diagnosis and thought it more likely that i had damage caused by my antidepressant which is ototoxic (toxic to your ears).

    Thats a little history but my question today is...

    I have recently (2 days ago) lost a large portion of my hearing in one ear and was surprised as i thought hearing loss from menieres would be very gradual. i had some slight sensitivity to sound out of the blue and within an hour or two had the hearing loss/ringing. my sensitivity to low frequency sounds has dropped dramatically in that ear and it feels like im walking around with my finger in my ear. i have already lost a fairly small amount already at some point in the past 20 years. Ive just returned from the doctors and i dont seem to have a cold, any blockages or any damage inside my ear so it looks like its the menieres.

    Does this sound like a common scenario for menieres sufferers when encountering hearing loss?

    Thanks for reading.
  2. Gardengal

    Gardengal Member

    May 12, 2015
    Yes. I went to the school dr in college bc over a day or two I noticed my hearing was down, ear felt blocked. I thought I might have had a wax build up. She saw a nice, clean ear. No blockages. It was actual hearing loss that came on rather quickly. That has been 15 years and I am still in the moderate hearing loss range, not total loss.
  3. California Sun

    California Sun Active Member

    May 23, 2019
    Permanent hearing loss in Meniere's tends to happen gradually, over time. The fluctuating loss can be very sudden. The hearing returns, but as more damage occurs, the permanent loss takes place, and over time less and less hearing returns.
  4. Clare

    Clare Active Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Which antidepressant is ototoxic?
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  5. AnneT

    AnneT Active Member

    May 14, 2014
    Sudden Onset Unilateral Hearing Loss can be part of Meniere's, but you also need to rule out acoustic neuroma, etc. You should be offered an emergent or urgent CT scan or preferably MRI.
  6. AnneT

    AnneT Active Member

    May 14, 2014
    Was it Effexor (venlafaxine)? It's ototoxic... and I happened to be withdrawing from it when my Meniere's emerged.

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