Let’s talk a little about hearing.
What? Okay, let’s not actually “talk”, let’s type a bit shall we. Ah, that’s better, I can understand this much better.
Recently I saw the Audiologist and had my hearing aid adjusted. By recently, I mean 2 -3 weeks ago. I was amazed. I was hearing things I didn’t know I’d been missing. For days I kept asking Stuart, “What’s that noise?” I do believe I was driving him crazy. He kept having to think, what noise? then he’d realize, oh, she heard the truck outside, or the plane over head…I hadn’t been hearing these things.
Then my hearing started to drop. Just like my left ear did this past summer. It started sounding like a busted speaker. Things didn’t just get quieter like it originally did when I lost the majority of the hearing in my right ear. In my right ear, after each Meniere’s attack I simply didn’t get all my hearing back, things got duller, softer. This is different. Things sound tinny. Broken. Today it’s a bit better, but it’s still there. For some reason, my left ear’s nerve was damaged. Dr. Kaylie said it’s not that uncommon with Meniere’s patients. He said the way I was losing my hearing in my right is more right is more common, but it’s not completely uncommon for it to happen like the left. My worry is, the left ear’s hearing dropped so suddenly. It fluctuated a bit for 3 months, then it didn’t come back.
I just tried to watch something on Netflix. I didn’t realize it didn’t have subtitles, but since I had my hearing aid adjusted if I listened with my iCom (it puts the sound right in my hearing aid) I’ve been able to watch some things without subtitles. This show started, I could not hear anything. I checked the volume on my computer, it was all the way up on the computer and on the site. I could only hear tiny little squeaks. I would not have thought it was anything if I wasn’t trying to hear something.
It bother’s me so much that Netflix has so very many movies and shows that are not subtitled!!! It’s ridiculous. They have a list of some they do have (it is not inclusive) and there is no way to sort it by genre or anything worth while. You can sort it by title, year, rating, and how many stars it got. Big deal. I’m looking for a Sci Fi movie…help me out here. Geez. We usually have to order discs because more discs have subtitles. Ummmm, if the discs have subtitles why aren’t they available on streaming? Really. Do you realize the market you are missing?? OK. Off Soap Box.
My worry about the hearing loss.
I know I will need a cochlear implant. I really don’t want to be completely deaf this late in life. But will they go ahead and do it with everything else going on? Or will they need to get this all settled first? What if I completely lose my hearing in just a few short months? Or less? (I know I’m looking on the dark side, I’m just looking at the worst case scenario, and remember I went through this last year. And right now I can barely hear!) So, tomorrow we are going to call the audiologist and make an appointment for a hearing test. So I can be armed when I talk to Dr. Kaylie. So I can ask him, if I need a cochlear implant soon, will we need to wait until the intracranial hypertension is under control first? Heck, couldn’t another hole in my head be a good thing? cause a little leak in there doc, just a slow leak…yeah….then I won’t need the shunt. hahaha
Does anyone out there run a fever at night? Or know why you might? I had all the test run recently…autoimmune, inflammatory…ect. all perfect. Even my fatty liver is not fatty. It has fat on it, but the liver itself is not fatty. Great news. No autoimmune markers….so yes, I am allergic to wheat, and intolerant to gluten, but I do not have Celiac. *sticking my tongue out at a certain doctor* Why am I swollen every morning? I had that answered by one of you lovely friends. Bed bound people retain a lot of water. So I’m trying hard to move more, but not move so much that my pressure gets all raised and I get a spiked headache. I’ve also cut way back on the salt.
Anyone else out there have hearing troubles? I know you are out there….do you think you will ever have to get a cochlear implant?