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I had surgery with general anesthesia 2 1/2 years ago, and ever since then I have had hearing loss in my left ear. It feels as though my ear is full of water, but there is no pain and I have no dizziness or other symptoms. I cannot hear well enough to hold the phone to that ear and understand what is being said; however the problem is not so much the volume but the clarity and pitch of speech. Certain frequencies are cut out and certain ones seem magnified, for ex. a child's scream is loud enough to be painful in that ear only. Also, if I cover my ears seperately I hear a different pitch in each ear. (I tried this with the dial tone of a phone) I was told that I probably have eustation tube dysfunction, and it could possibly have been caused by the tube they put down my throat for the anesthesia. The middle ear is clear, there is no wax build-up and the membrane appears normal. (checked by my G.I. surgeon) Has anyone else experienced anything like this? I have let it go this long because I don't have insurance, and also because I hoped for a long time it would get better on it's own. If I go to a specialist, what kinds of tests can I expect? And what, if anything, can be done? Any responses will be appreciated! No one understands what I'm talking about.

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