earing loss due to acute labyrinthitis

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I hv acute labyrinthitis lost of hearing in my right ear the left ear blocks .I always hv numbness on my face and pis and needles of my legs and hands.i hv told all my symptoms to the drs but non can help me.i am feeling so depressed.i hv inbalance veritgo nothing seem to be getting better after 3mths .ls can someone help me

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    It's really important that you have your hearing checked out as soon as possible with a specialist to make sure that you don't have sensorineurual hearing loss which can sometimes happen with labyrinthitis.

    To regain your balance, you will need to do specific exercises every day to re-train your brain called Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises and you can Google this.

    Please ask your doctor for a referral regarding your hearing straight away as if it is caught early, your hearing can be saved with steroid treatment.

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      Yes I had sensorineural hearing loss and also suffer from acute labyrinthitis I had steroid treatment two days after this incident but until now I can't heard.i had tinnitus in my right ear.ent dr say I can't be afford hearing aid alsoūüė£
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      If it is acute labyrinthitis with hearing loss, it's very important that your GP is putting in place a programme for your recovery. As yourbesthealth4 says, you need to return to an Audiologist to have your hearing properly evaluated and if you need hearing aids, you need an explanation as to why these aren't covered on the NHS.  Are they waiting to see if you stabilise?

      As far as your health goes, it's really important that you look at the Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises and you need to ask your GP about these.  It could be that your GP can refer you to a physiotherapist on the NHS to help you with a programme of exercises.  They look a bit odd, but if they are practised three times a day, you will find that your brain starts to remap a different route from your ear to enable you to balance.  It really does work, but you have to keep doing it, no matter how you feel and it can take several weeks before it starts working. 

      If you have had a virus or bacterial infection, it might be a good idea to take a good multivitamin/mineral tablet each day (Biocare or Lamberts are good makes) and 1000mg fish oil or vegetarian equivalent (for inflammation) with 500mg Evening Primrose Oil.  Try to keep to a good diet, cutting out all refined carbohydrates and sugar, and eating lots of vegetables and protein like eggs, fish, turkey and chicken. Drink lots of bottled water.  If you can do this even for just a few weeks, it should help your body to recover. 

      It may be a while before you regain your balance, but it will happen if you work hard on the exercises.

      This is a frightening thing to happen to you. I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.

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      I am taking alot of vitamins and ensure milk to gain some weight . physiotherapist taught me how to do the exercises at home.my only worry is my numbness on my face which the drs don't seem to know why?thanks so much for your advice .
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    I agree with devongold, get your hearing checked.  Did you have or were you diagnosed with Acute Labyrinthitis after a cold/flu or a head injury?  Were you on antibiotics for a bacterial Labyrinthitis?  Your symptoms seem to be more 'global' than a simple (or complicated) labyrinthitis would cause.  Did you have it in both ears?  You said your left ear is 'blocked', what's that about?  What side of the face is numb, the same side as the labyrinthitis? Are you seeing an ENT specialist, maybe you should be if you aren't.  If this is the result of a head injury you may be in for a long recovery.  
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    One last question, did you have shingles of the ear canal causing your labyrinthitis?  It would pull most if not all of your symptoms together.  However, it is very painful and usually has vesicles (little blisters) in the ear canal and generally is not missed or mistaken for a bacterial infection unless it is presented late when the vesicles are secondarily infected and have become pustules.  The hearing loss with shingles of the ear canal can be permanent, so once again see an Audiologist and get your hearing evaluated.  
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      I had sound in my ear in the middle of the night.next day I experience veritgo and earing loss on my right ear.i saw and got treated but soon after my left ear started blocking but no earing loss.when I told this to my ent Dr he keep insisting it shouldn't be ...now my face is numb I am very tired of explaining to them this symptoms seems like noone knows what's going on with meūüėĘ
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    The numbness in your face is due to the fact that the facial nerve has a branch that goes through the middle ear, right next to the area labyrinthitis effects. It is still worrisome. But since you did have an MRI, hopefully targeting your middle ear apparatus on both sides, and it didn't show anything abnormal(?) you can rest easy on that concern. I would certainly get a second opinion from another ENT and an audiologist. Take your MRI with you.

    Unfortunately, I know of no natural remedy to help you except time. Are you still taking steroids for the inflammation?

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    No I am not on any medicine. Only nerve tablets.the pins and needles on my hands and legs disture me alot I hv told the drs but no help
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