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I had sudden hearing loss in one ear and loss of sensation in outer ear when driving to work had been experiencing tinitus for some while. Went to go next day as was vomiting,vertigo and loss of balance was told I had blocked Eustachian tube even though I had no history of any upper respiratory infection. Was given Buccal stemetil and was told it would clear. 7 days later went back to GP repeated same story was told it was blocked Eustachian tube and told it could take 4-6 weeks to resolve & sent away. 10 days later on return to work a colleague who is a GP said she would have referred me urgently to ENT. Unable to get an emergency GP appointment I was eventually telephoned by my GP who suggested a hearing test and then return to see him 5 days later a Friday as that was all he could offer. I explained my concerns about hearing loss and that it maybe permanent after searching the net. I had the hearing test next day at GP practice unhappy the test revealed no hearing in ear I rang surgery and spoke to duty GP who rang EnT and spoke to consultant . Assured I would be telephoned by consultant I felt mildly reassured only that was dashed as no one rang leaving me to chase everything myself. Eventually after a further day i secured an appointment with ENT who when saw me said the window of opportunity in trying to restore or save hearing is 10-14 days with steroid treatments. I'm awaiting a MRI and now don't know whether I will ever have any hearing restored with a profound deafness in my ear at present.Has anyone has any positive stories of hearing loss restored without surgical intervention? Really would like to know! I feel seriously let down by lack of knowledge and care by GP's
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