A few weeks ago I was sleeping on my left side with my head on the arm of the couch and woke up and couldn't hear out of my left ear. Went to the ENT, said it was a viral middle ear infection and treated it with prednisone. In 2 weeks my hearing has come back "slightly". I have no pain, however my ear does feel swollen. What other treatments could I try to recover my hearing?
Sometimes antivirals are prescribed, but high-dose prednisone seems to be the best bet or at least the standard treatment. Most of the time it's just a shot in the dark as to what caused the hearing loss and how to treat it. If you remain with poor hearing in the ear but have good hearing in the other ear, you can eventually get a CROS hearing aid, a TransEar, or a Baha (bone-anchored hearing aid). I have a Baha and love it. At this point there is probably nothing you can do except wait and see if you recover any more hearing. Good luck!
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