Could this be menieres? Any other ideas?

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Problems started last Oct with a feeling of imbalance that came on fairly suddenly. I rang the go and was told probable labyrinthitis. Over a few days it got worse and I had a bad few days. It slowly improved over a couple of weeks. No ear symptoms during this time. I was then fine for around 4 weeks before the imbalance creeper in again and after about a week worsened and I was off work for 2 wks. It slowly improved over a few wks and I managed party time back at work. Seen a specialist during second episode who thought probable labyrinthitis with second episode a decompensstion. Had an mri done which was apparently normal. Hearing test showed bilateral mud frequency loss (cookie bite) but specialist felt this was probably congenital and unconnected. Fast forward about 6 wks after feeling well the dizziness creeped back in and I experienced a drop in hearing in my left ear lasting around 48 hrs before subsiding and leaving me with a low rumbling tinnitus (like a car engine in the distance e). I seen gp duribg the hearing loss and he couldnt see anytging my ear. He used a tuning fork and I could hear it better at the front than back of ear. Ive woke today and my hearing has reduced in my left ear again and sound seems to be reverberating in it. Any ideas? I've arranged to see my specialist again.thanks.

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    As you mention that you saw a specialist, vertigo episodes eventually associated with hearing loss (compatible with labyrinthitis) and the specialist's comments concerning decompensation, I am confident that you are with the right doctor.

    Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

    Clinical Neurophysiologist

    Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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      I do not have a reason to doubt with the the information that you have provided that this may be labyrinthitis.  I wish to clarify that Meniere's disease (excessive fluid mainly in the cochlear) and labyrinthitis (inflammation involving the whole inner ear) are not the same thing.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

       

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      It is not impossible.  However, your dealings with this doctor seems very professional and he or she sounds knowledgable.

      Eleftherios S. Papathanasiou, PhD, FEAN

      Clinical Neurophysiologist

      Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology

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