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Prednisone for SSHL and Tinnitus

Hi, all:
Been diagnosed with SSHL (sudden sensory hearing loss) and tinnitus. I understand that the etiologies are vastly unknown but largely either viral or from ear/middle ear trauma or exposure. I've been put on antiviral Acyclovir. No problem- understand that. But the Prednisone, which of course I am taking and understand that if I don't the hearing loss on the right ear could either worsen or not return, has me a bit on edge. But my question is whether anyone knows or understands why the prednisone works for this. The side effects are onerous. Thinking I'll welcome it more readily into my system if I understand why conceptually. Thank you in advance.
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I have had tinnitus and vertigo for many years.  7 years ago I was put on prednisone for myalgia pain.  My pain went away but it had no affect on my hearing.  It did affect my belly....it bloated out like a pregnant woman...lol...I got off prednisone back in january of this year.  If you can avoid it then avoid it.  If you need it for other reasons and not for hearing then I guess you have to continue taking it until it does not good for you.
Did you recover any hearing? The prednisone reduces inflammation of the auditory nerve or at least they think it does. The side effects are awful but subside pretty quickly after you finish. The prednisone did not work for me nor did antiviral but I'm glad I tried both. I hope you had better luck!
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