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Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby LeeInEdmonton » Aug 29, 2012 12:07 pm

Sinus problems that affect my hearing which is not good when at it's best. About 30 yrs ago I was afflicted with Meneir's (spelling ?) disease & a common result was a right ear which became almost dead & a left ear with reduced hearing. I got along okay until about 4 yrs. ago when I woke up one morning deaf as a doorknob. My doc prescribed a prescription nasal spray which after 1 wk. fully restored my hearing such as it is. Without further ado there were no further problems for about 6 mos. then sinus's acted up again & again the prescription spray cleared it up in a wk. Again another 6 mos. & again cleared up in about a week. This brought me up to last Oct. when another sinus attack & since then have not been able to suspend use of the prescription spray & the hearing has not except for short periods regained to where it used to be despite also using a off shelf saline spray whenever stuffiness occurs during the day. I have also tried a Neti Pot using sea salt with only so so results. I have had a couple of sessions with a nose,ear, & throat Doc. He suggested hearing aids to get me through the worse periods & eliminate the need for Myrt to write notes when communicating with me. That is when sound distortion showed up. The aids of course amplify the distortion hence must be tuned down until the distortion stops interfering with the sound I'm hearing limiting their effectiveness.
The conclusion I have reached is when it comes to hearing the doctor's are fine if the problem is obvious such as blockages due to polyps or sores in the sinus's but if a obscure reason they are as much at sea as Iam. The 30 day trial period ends on the 31st of this month for the aids & during this period only once has the distortion been so bad that they were useless & unable to wear them. The specialist was unable to confirm that the distortion would abate or get worse. So continuing with the aids despite distortion problems could result in further deteriation making them essentially useless or not get worse & the aids continue to provide some benefit.
My inclination is to keep the aids & to keep trying different treatments to find something that does a better job of dealing with the problem.
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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby Dumbo » Aug 29, 2012 12:54 pm

Hey Lee,
Sorry to read about all this.
I had similar and kicked it. Your description sounds almost the same like what I had for about a year.
LeeInEdmonton wrote:The conclusion I have reached is when it comes to hearing the doctor's are fine if the problem is obvious

I think the whole lot of them are too busy practicing golf to really give a damn about you.

If you want my crappy story and how I kicked it, feel free to ask.

Meanwhile, I hope things improve a bit for you.
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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby davefrombc » Aug 29, 2012 1:13 pm

My hearing is poor too.. I have completely lost hearing any tones over 4 or 5khz.. Part is hereditary, I think , but mostly because I worked in very noisy environments.. I could use hearing aids, but have resisted getting them until there is no choice.. Everyone I know who has gotten them has become completely dependent on them in a short time, where before they could hear, but had some difficulty making out conversation if there was any background noise . So far , other than exasperating friends occasionally I have been ok avoiding getting them .

I have problems with sinus congestion too.. It's not as severe as it was when I was younger , but still is present to some degree most of the time.

* edited to mention the sinus congestion.
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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby LeeInEdmonton » Aug 29, 2012 1:32 pm

Hi Dave: It is truly amazing how many people you can encounter who have hearing difficulties as well as sinus problems & how little doctors' know about same. They still do not know for certain what causes Meneir's disease. Hearing damage is common & the younger generations pay little attention to things that can cause damage. I suspect that 15 to 20 years from now the medical/research institutions are going to be inundated with hearing problems & are going to be little prepared to do anything about it which will bring out the scammers in droves.

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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby B_BQ » Aug 29, 2012 3:11 pm

Dumbo wrote:I think the whole lot of them are too busy practicing golf to really give a damn about you.


"The whole lot of them" - that's a 'dumb' remark. Walk a mile .... etc.

LeeInEdmonton wrote:I suspect that 15 to 20 years from now the medical/research institutions are going to be inundated with hearing problems & are going to be little prepared to do anything about it which will bring out the scammers in droves.


Which IMO is exactly what has happened with all those 'pretend back doctors', (i.e. chiroquacks), with their snake oil, quack machines and voodoo, but they're not going to volunteer the information that they're not a 'real' doctor to a vulnerable person who doesn't know the difference. They give me the shivers.

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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby Dumbo » Aug 29, 2012 3:59 pm

B_BQ wrote:"The whole lot of them" - that's a 'dumb' remark.

Yup. Something I won't retract either.

B_BQ wrote:Walk a mile .... etc.

....And when you do put my shoes on, you will say the same.

Who knows... maybe a provincial thing...

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B_BQ wrote:Which IMO is exactly what has happened with all those 'pretend back doctors', (i.e. chiroquacks), with their snake oil, quack machines and voodoo, but they're not going to volunteer the information that they're not a 'real' doctor to a vulnerable person who doesn't know the difference. They give me the shivers.

LOL you sound like me :p

I couldn't agree more. I even feel the same about physio. But for some people it works.

I was once sent to some Osteotherapist after a little accident. I only went cuz the pain was incredible and would do anything for it to stop. Voodoo? I would have eaten any snake oil including the snake to make the pain stop. I almost called him a moron to his face and a waste of my time. But, he fixed me up (but ended up ripping a muscle doing it, the moron), so I tend not to rag on the physio/Osteo's *as much* anymore. :lol:
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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby agedgardener2 » Aug 29, 2012 4:20 pm

OK join the club.I've just returned from my doctor..sinus infection..bronchitis. again for the fifth time this year plus an eyelid infection since Christmas....a hearing aide that is fine except in groups of people and TV when actors speak with an accent.I've learned to live with it but sure don't like it.Spent most of the day sleeping after I got home from the doctor.....almost ready to sleep again.That should teach me not to brag that I was feeling so much better!!! Joy
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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby mebbie » Aug 29, 2012 6:06 pm

I've worn hearing aids for the last 30 years- would be completely deaf without them.I have learned to deal with background noise. There are3 many strategies to work from. In a restaurant, go to a side and put your back by a wall. Never try to hear from another room. People must get my attention before they start to talk.The rest of the family have to be trained. I cannot use TV without CC. It's a real
savior. Unfortunately, I have to avoid large crowds as the sound overwhelms and exhausts me.
The new digital aids are a marvel, compared to what I've worn in the past.
Good luck with all this.
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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby agedgardener2 » Aug 29, 2012 6:11 pm

What do you mean by cc ?
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Re: Between a rock & a hard place....

Postby agedgardener2 » Aug 29, 2012 6:12 pm

What do you mean by cc ?
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