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hearing loss and hypothyroidism

Hello, I am having some partial hearing loss in my left ear for the past 2 weeks.  I am a hypothyroid patient and taking hypothyroid meds.  I have consulted ENT doc and they prescribed prednisolone, methylcobalamin inj. for this.  Still there is nor improvement.  I want to hear from those who have the same problem regarding their improvement (or not) and any advice related to this.
Abisana Devi
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Hearing frequently resolves itself (50%) within the first few weeks.  Some people respond to low doses of steroids, some require high doses.  Your hearing loss is unlikely to be related to your hypothyroid, I've never heard of such a connection; although doctors still have a lot to learn about this disorder.  It seems to be auto-immune related - which is why steroids work as they suppress the auto-immune system and reduce inflammation (although they themselves have nasty side-effects).

My hearing loss was caused by a powerful food allergy, I suggest you look into this as one possibility to explore; see my Journal entry for details.  Very few ENTs will consider an allergy as a cause for a significant loss.  Also suggest avoiding caffeine or other stimulants as they can irritate your hearing.
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Hearing frequently resolves itself (50%) within the first few weeks.  Some people respond to low doses of steroids, some require high doses.  Your hearing loss is unlikely to be related to your hypothyroid, I've never heard of such a connection; although doctors still have a lot to learn about this disorder.  It seems to be auto-immune related - which is why steroids work as they suppress the auto-immune system and reduce inflammation (although they themselves have nasty side-effects).

My hearing loss was caused by a powerful food allergy, I suggest you look into this as one possibility to explore; see my Journal entry for details.  Very few ENTs will consider an allergy as a cause for a significant loss.  Also suggest avoiding caffeine or other stimulants as they can irritate your hearing.
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I read your journal.  Its interesting.  I got some relief form last week but still there is some noisy sound still ringing in my ear.  I am having some doubt whether my problem is because of the fluid or inflammation inside my ear.
Abisana
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> I got some relief form last week but still there is some noisy sound still ringing in my ear.  

If all you have is noise left, I would just wait a while - maybe it will all go away (and you can count yourself lucky!)

If you get another loss, your ENT should be able to tell you the cause.  If not see an Otolaryngologist.  The fact that you responded well to steroids gives me hope, I also responded to them.  Also, in general I would avoid the injections and take the steroids orally and with Prilosec (or similar) to avoid stomach complications.  I've heard bad things about injection-site recovery problems.

If you have still have a hearing loss and can't get a clear diagnosis or cure, please consider the IgG allergy tests I listed on my web site (URL link via my Journal entry), I know it will require extra effort to get tested, but these tests saved my life.

Good luck and get well soon!
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Now my steroid course is over and not taking that inj also.  I may have my followup next week.  Lets see what the doc says.  And one thing is your journal is interesting.
Abisana
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I agree with your approach, let's hope you will heal completely without any other intervention or change; give it some time.
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I woke up about 5 years ago with an extremely bad case of sudden hearing loss. This lasted until I got my thyroid checked.  Turns out I had hypothyroidism and after a week of meds, my hearing was back to normal.  I was recently put on propranolol for migraine associated vertigo and the problem with sudden hearing loss has returned.  I have an appointment to ave my thyroid rechecked his week and I strongly believe the blood tests checking my thyroid will come back low and my daily dosage will need to be raised.  If you all of a sudden wake up with this extreme roaring and loss of earring, have your thyroid checked !
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