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Hi, my ENT recently referred me to a specialist because of a suspected cholesteatoma. As a baby and young child, I had many ear infections that resulted in a number of tubes. My hearing loss went undiagnosed for a while until a teacher noticed I wasn’t responding. I was 95% deaf in my right ear and 100% deaf in my left. I cannot remember how long this lasted but it was through elementary at least. My ENT was talking about rebuilding my ear drum but my hearing came back and since then I have had little to no problems, so that’s why I am surprised. It seems from what I have read, most people have some sort of symptoms. My ears pop often and when I get sick they’re really clogged, all things I assumed to be normal. I’ve gotten dizzy spells a few times recently and the reason I went to see an ENT again was because of a constant whooshing sound in my left ear (the diagnosed ear), especially when I would lay down, but that too has mostly gone away. I get the occasional ringing and do suffer some hearing loss of high frequency sounds in my left ear. I also had gone to a specialist about five years ago because my GP thought I should be in pain from the amount of scarring in my ears and sent me to an ENT who suggested I get looked at because of my history and how much scarring I have. But I only remember him mentioning middle ear surgery (I assumed this was different) “eventually” and didn’t seem particularly concerned, so neither was I. I won’t see this new specialist for another month so I guess I’m just overwhelming myself with information ahead of time and wondering if it’s possible to have this issue without any significant symptoms or did I just find the right ENT who may have spotted something others may not have??
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