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Hi all,

I have 50% loss in each ear. I was treated frequently with antibiotics for ear infections over the past two or three years.

I think the antibiotics actually caused some of the loss, unfortunately. Package insert has been updated recently to read "Neomycin can induce permanent sensorineural hearing loss due to cochlear damage, mainly destruction of hair cells in the organ of Corti. The risk is greater with prolonged use."

That wasn't on the insert from last year; it's been revised. Wish I'd been aware of that sooner, could have talked to my doctors about it. Because I have been treated with this stuff a LOT, and even in between infections, doctor said if I had something "brewing" by all means go ahead and use a few drops to "nip it in the bud".

I had a really severe infection in May 2005 (treated with neomycin) and after healing I had the 50 per cent loss on the left. Prior to that, the left was my "good" ear, clear as a bell.

Has anyone had this experience with antibiotics? I would be very interested to know if they have. And hoping against hope, is there any possibility that it gets better over time?

Thanks for reading this long post,
Yes OffKilter, I'm 50. I've always been prone to ear infections, but the last 4 years or so have been really bad, don't know why.

Now I'm looking to get the tubes in, how much are we looking at? (just a ballpark). I have no insurance, and as I'm posting this feel an infection may be coming on in the left.

My GP just keeps prescribing the same stuff. Been to a couple of specialists, they just take my money and do diddley, that's my feeling by now.

(I know they're good guys & are trying, I'm just venting a bit. Sorry.)

Was going to go again in November but rescheduled, hoping application for some financial assistance will be accepted. Don't want to see the specialist and pay for being told, "your hearing's getting worse, and you have some kind of problem -- how about an MRI for $3,000?" This is what happened last couple of times. I saw three different people and I'm still paying the bills for that.

Frustrated, as I don't want any more hearing loss due to ototoxic drugs; but how will this infection clear up, without them?

At this point I'm afraid to try ANYthing, or put ANYthing into my ears. I'm pretty much at the end of my resources.

If anyone has advice, I sure would love to hear it.

Thanks if you've read to the end, these posts must be a bit boring as they're so long. I have never had the gift of succinct speech.

My insurance covered it. Like you I was always prone to ear infections. The reason children are prone to ear infections and not adults is because their ear drainage system is smaller. My Dr. says there are just some adults with small drainage tubes combine that with any allergies. ( I'm also prone to sinus infections )and the conditions are ripe for a ear infection. I did ask him why I was getting so many more infections he said there are more and more antibiotic strains out there. If a antibiotic doesn't completely wipe out a ear infection and there is fluid left in the ear it just becomes a breading ground for infection. The ear tubes are tiny , like tiny straws they are placed in the drum they allow any fluid in there to drain out and keeps the ear dry inside. The biggest change is no more ear pressure from fluid. WOW!!!

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