Over the past ten months we’ve been trying to figure out why the hearing in my left ear is about 60dB below normal, along with attendant ringing and at one point serious vertigo. The vertigo is gone now, my old noggin finally figured out that it was getting bunk information from the left side and so now I can ignore it. The human brain is a very cool system.
Anyhow during those ten months we’ve tried all sorts of things, antibiotics, diuretics, CNS depresants (for the veritgo), and high dosages of prednisone, we’re talking 60mg of the stuff. That seems to help me so now they think it might be auto-immune. I’ll know my next visit
So today I made my annual visit to my allergist. I’ve been seeing the same allergist since I was ten years old, so that would mean I’ve seen this guy every year for thirty-two years. In short, he’s a fossil but one I can comfortably talk with. His name is Dr. Jorge Sturam and he got his training at the National University of Cordoba in Argentina finishing in 1961. That would probably make him, oh, close to 75 years old.
So I mentioned the left ear problem to him and he responded that he remembered I had serious ear infections and strep infections as a kid. He then told me that you don’t recover without some effects from the infections, and that later in life they manifest themselves in hard to explain problems. Surprised the hell out of me that he’d remember all that, after all those years. And he actually gave his blessing to my killing my ENT. :)
So he looks in my left ear and tells me that the left eardrum is retracting. This would explain that the losses in the 60dB range are high frequency losses.
The guy is definitely a good doctor. I just hope he lives for at least another thirty or so years but I know that’s unrealistic. I estimate that by the time I’m fifty, I’ll have to find a new allergist. Oh well.