Deafness/Hearing Impairment/Ear infection, can't hear

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Hi,
About three weeks ago I had a severe throat infection thinking it was Strepp but it wasn't. A week later my ear started to hurt on the same side....pain was really bad, and couldn't hear out of it very well. Have tinnitus and it was much louder in that ear.... so after three days of it I went to the Dr. Who gave me antibiotics called Azrithomycin for 5 days.  I still did not have any relief from the pressure or loss of hearing but the pain wasn't as severe however in the next couple of days it was getting sore again and so was the other ear. Went back to the dr and was given Suprex for ten days. He said one ear was still  infected(can barely hear from that one, tinnitus loud, echo sound at times when people talk, popping sounds but no relief, more clogged when I try to chew gum or hold nose and blow gently)  and now the other one was infected (not as severe as the first one but sore at times, muffled hearing and won't pop). My concern is that this is not getting better at all even now that I've been five days into my second antibiotics. It is driving me crazy,and is not fun trying to teach children music when you can't hear yourself talk Rosing. Should I be heading back? How long can this last? Can this permanently damage my hearing? I called the ENTs office and if when referred it would be months before seeing him. Should they be puncturing my eardrum to drain it or is that even worse? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Michelle

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Michelle,

It sounds like you are dealing with ear infections.  What happens is fluid builds up behind the eardrum causing you to feel the echoing, stopped up, tinnitus, etc.  If the fluid stays there long enough it becomes infected which causes pain and sometimes fever.  The antibiotics will kill the infection but will not always get rid of the fluid.  If the fluid stays around, it becomes infected again and then you have to have medication again.

The ENT may try another round of medication or they may put tubes in to drain the fluid.  Only the ENT can do that so you may want to get that appointment if the fluid doesn't resolve soon.

Thank you for your question.

Kelley Linton, AuD.   centerforhearing.net

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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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