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Hey guys!! I am new to the site and looking for thoughts and guidance. I am cemale, 49 years old. Early 2016, I noticed gradual hearing loss in my left ear, along with an increased number of headaches hes, but didn't really give it too much thought. Then early October 2017, the headaches intensified, the ringing in my left ear started, and it was debilitating. I thought maybe it was sinuses, so I tried the sinus medication that typically works for me...no luck. After 2 weeks of trying, I finally called my GP. She said I had a sinus infection and my left eardrum was retracted. She gave me a couple shots and 2 weeks of antibiotics. No change. When I finally saw an ENT just 2 weeks ago, other symptoms popped up, i.e. ear and face hurts to even touch at times, feels like a hot poker in my ear canal, sense of taste is dulled, and sometimes, I feel my face and throat are going numb. Hearing test indicated conductive hearing loss, like the bones were displaced by my retracted ear drum. However, ENT still thinks it's nerve damage. So, I had my MRI last Friday and I am just on pins and needles waiting for a call. In the meantime, heat is the only thing that offers relief. So, I put a small handwarmer in a headband and try to get through my day as best I can. Is this ever going to get better??
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