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I am so sorry to learn of your experience.... I work with 2 ENT's and I wanted to let you know that, yes, I have seen a patient with sudden sensorineural hearing loss regain almost all of his hearing after steroid therapy. Unfortunately, this is rare, as most patients do not get the treatment in time. The sooner you get the steroids after the loss occurs, the better your chances. I'm afraid the chances are small, regardless, but there is always a possibility. Doesn't hurt to try, right? Other than the prednisone can make you feel bad for a little while....

Wishing you the best!!!
Hi Eargirl,

Your reply to L5S1 was very comforting, I feel I got treatment in time (within 5 days)...but I also want to know, once I stop the Pregnisone, will it stop working......I know it's not a good idea to be on Prednisone for a length of time, but was just curious to know once you have stopped, hopefully the return will still gradual improve. It is a slow process, have to be patient they tell me. My doctor told me it was caused by a viral infection...but I didn't have a cold or anything before that. I have read that the Herpes Simplex virus could also be a reason. I do have that. I get cold sore 2-3 times a year, consistently for the last 20 years......This has thrown me for a loop, but like I said before, I'm slowly getting my senses back (unfortunately not much hearing yet)...and trying to deal with it. I tell myself, could be ALOT ALOT worse.
Hi Juliep6 :wave:

I am sorry to read you experienced sudden hearing loss. The prednisone has really helped me. My hearing returned very slowly and can almost say I have 100% return of hearing. I still have a lot of ringing in my left ear and I took my last prednisone this evening. I am also very concerned whether I will lose the hearing again over the next several weeks as the prednisone wears off (especially after the ENT said my audiogram reflected permanent hearing loss). I also have an appt with my ENT on Tuesday and I have a lot of questions I am planning to ask during my appt.

I wish you had better luck with the prednisone as I did and maybe it will take a little longer for the medication to work for you. One thing my ENT did say was if I noticed my hearing started to decrease while I was going off the prednisone, I had to immediately restart the prednisone.

Take Care
I am very glad for you that your hearing returned......and I too am scheduled to go to my ear doctor this Wednesday. I take my last Prednisone tomorrow, and now I can honestly say I feel a little has come back. Not all of my hearing, but some. The true test will be the audiogram. That is a very important question I plan to ask to, willl I lose the hearing once the Prednisone leaves my body. I sure hope not, I don't want to be on Prednisone any longer than I have to, even though I tolerated it very well, without any ill effects. I still have some swooshing noise in my ear, but I can tell a little bit has come back. Good luck to you, and will keep you posted as far as what my ENT says. It's nice to compare. Also, I forgot to mention, my ENT also prescribed Dyazide to go along with the Prednisone. I think they try anything they can. Good luck to you.

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