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[B]Background story:[/B]
I am a 21 year old male with Ulcerative Colitis, and as such I've taken Prednisone many times over the years. While I was on this drug, I would acquire frequent colds and flus and - you guessed it - ear infections. A few times the doctors have examined my ears and said, "there's a bit of fluid in there". My main problem is with my left ear.

Now I haven't had any ear infections for 4 months or more, but I'm still having issues and if anything my hearing continues to deteriorate.

[B]Symptoms[/B]
Frequent fullness in left ear
Mild tinnitus (worse in the left ear)
Inability to hear/follow conversations over quiet background noise (cafes, cars, offices).
NORMAL audiogram, with very, very mild conductive loss in the left ear.
Every time I yawn or swallow, my ears crackle.

I play with a band (our rehearsals are always kept to a low volume with a digital drum kit), but it's not possible for me to use earplugs as a singer unless I invest in in-ear monitors which are insanely expensive. My problems had nothing to do with noise exposure initially, but I fear I'm making the situation worse even in settings such as this which other people handle just fine.

I've been using Rhinocort to clear my eustachian tubes for at least a month now, but this has made no difference at all. I also tried one of the short-term decongestants and this made no difference either.

I'm finally seeing an ENT on May 18, but I want to know what my chances are of ever getting my hearing back? What should I ask at my appointment? And why are my test results so normal when I can't hear anything? It's so depressing. Is there a reasonable best case scenario here?





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