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So at the beginning of February I started with a heavy cold/flu like symptoms and 2 days later I woke up with horrific pain in my ears and I couldn't hear at all. I went to out of hours and they told me I had bilateral otitis media and told me to take 4x ibuprofen 3 times a day. I did this when I got home but then shortly after I started being sick. I went back to the out of hours the next morning and they gave me amoxicillin, cyclazine for the sickness and codeine for the pain. I continued for another 3 days in agony, being sick, and completely deaf. I went back to gp and they gave me different antibiotics and tramadol. After another 2 days of agony and being sick I went back again and the gp finally rang ENT at the hospital and I had to go in. I got admitted and had 48 hours of i.v antibiotics. I got discharged with an appointment to see the ENT specialist 2 days later. I went and they said they would drain the fluid and put grommets in. I had this done 2 days after this appointment. Now 2 weeks on I still feel everything is muffled. I have HORRENDOUS whooshing sounds, high pitched screaming tinnitus and low rumbling sounds in both ears plus pulsating sensations. I rang the surgeons secretary and wanted some reassurance that this was normal, so he got me back in last week. I had another hearing test and my hearing has improved slightly (which I can tell) but he just gave me a leaflet on tinnitus and said I should have an MRI scan. I don't feel like I've been given any help and I'm starting to get very depressed. I can't sleep because of the noises and if I do manage to drift off, I'm often woken through the night. It's affecting everything I do. I feel very isolated and scared that this is now my life. My distance hearing is massively affected at the minute. Before all of this I had perfect hearing. I just want to know if what I'm experiencing is normal and if it will settle down? Sorry for the long post, I wanted to give the full picture. Thank you
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