I took my two-year-old cat to the vet for a simple follow-up exam on an eye issue and my cat came home debilitated and deaf. The vet thought the eye issue (a lacerated cornea) might be related to an ear issue (scratching ears ended up scratching eye), so she flushed my cat's ears. As soon as we got home, Samantha couldn't walk. Though she did not have a head tilt or rapid eye movement, everything else seemed like vestibular disease. She was off- balance, would fall over, couldn't jump on furniture, and kept flopping over. She seemed to have a body tremor every ten minutes or so. That lasted about three days, then she started to improve. It's been 9 days and she can now eat, walk, and even play a little, but still can't jump like she used to. She can't jump on the couch, bed, etc. and she still gets wobbly, but I think she will improve.
My main concern, though, is that she is completely deaf at two-years-old. She responds to nothing, not even a vacuum being turned on right behind her. I've done all sorts of sound test and there is 0 response so I am sure she is 100% deaf.
No one can tell me whether or not this is permanent and if there is anything I can do. We've been to the vet five times and have seen three different vets at the animal hospital and none of them have an answer. They don't even act like it's a big deal that my poor cat is deaf. They show no empathy and I am deeply troubled by all of this.
Has anyone experienced this? Did the hearing return? Everything I've read said the hearing doesn't return, but I don't really know exactly what happened so it's hard to say. If the ear drum was ruptured then the cleaning solution could have permanently destroyed the nerves, but no one can say what happened. Any comments from someone who experienced this would be appreciated.