Learning to live with silence
After a walk this past weekend, I came home and took a nap. When I awoke, I had no hearing. One ear is already out, and now, the second. Silence.
I did not panic because someday I am bound to lose it. But, this is sudden.
I went to the urgent care center and they determined that I have middle ear viral infection that requires medication. Steroids work miracles and give you lots of energy to get things done. So, in my quiet time I am busy doing.
I went to the doctor Monday for an audiology exam. The result is what I already know, I can't hear people speaking. The medication brought back some noise, though not ability to hear speech.
Now, several days into steroids, I am still busy getting things done. I was able to listen to a teleconference call with some difficulty. I have a weekend of more drug taking before another trip to the doctor Monday.
If things don't clear up with pills, they'll start drilling. I mean, they will give me a shot through the ear drum. That doesn't sound pleasant, but it's better than many other medical experiences that I have had.
In the end, it usually works out.
Hearing is likely to come back, but I am enjoying not listening to the cars driving by at night.
If all of the poking doesn't work the doctor said, “Next stop is the Rush Limbaugh operation and a new cochlea.”
No, not Rush Limbaugh! They're going to transform me into him?
Old news from 2001:
“Limbaugh lost his hearing as a result of auto-immune ear disease, say De la Cruz and Dr. Jennifer Derebery, who have been treating him.
After a period of treatment with medication in an effort to save his residual hearing, Limbaugh and his physicians decided to proceed with a cochlear implant to restore his hearing. Limbaugh was moving around easily after several hours of post-surgery bed rest at St. Vincent Medical Center yesterday, where De la Cruz performed his cochlear implant surgery.
"I feel great!" said Rush Limbaugh. "The surgery went smoothly, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the holidays and returning to the air in early January."
"Mr. Limbaugh's cochlear implant surgery at the House Ear Clinic yesterday went very well," said De la Cruz. "As we expected, Mr. Limbaugh responded very well to the surgery, which lasted about two hours, and he was sent home this morning. Rush has the approval of his physicians at the House Ear Clinic to return to work in early January."
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