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I picked up a bad cold on holiday (canary islands Spain) and when I flew back, my ears clogged up and I felt so much movement inside them, it was very scary. Then, after landing I lost about 70% hearing in my left ear. I had brief tinnitus which has now subsided thankfully. I am 30 years old by the way. My gp is treating it as an ear infection which is fair enough, as the ear drum is red, and a little painful. But, I am worried that it could be sudden sensorineural hearing loss which results in permanent hearing loss if not treated within 2-4 weeks. I put this to my gp and she never heard of the term as she sheepishly had to look it up. This is precisely why a lot of sufferers leave treatment too late because they are misdiagnosed and treated for a general ear infection, which is understandable I guess. Anyway, my point is, do I take the risk and just go with the general ear infection treatment of antibiotics, nasal spray, sudafed etc which I am on now or do I be more forceful and fearful that it could be sshl, which is classed as a medical emergency. The problem is many people are diagnosed too late to save their ears because they are initially diagnosed with more common text book things, which is understandable I guess as they are GP's and not God or specialists on the entire human body. Im thinking of going to a&e as my hearing has not improved, although my flu like symptoms have almost gone. The problem also is, that, they say that hearing could take a couple of weeks or more to recover after an ear infection, but this is also the window of opportunity in which sudden sensorineural hearing loss can be saved so you kind of only know in hindsight,having missed the opportunity to recover hearing from sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Sorry for the long post. I hope I explained myself properly. Its been a rough week thanks in advance
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