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Sudden Hearing Loss following surgery?
Has anyone else experienced Sudden Hearing Loss in one ear following neck surgery? I had a posterior foraminotomy at c6/7 on July 13 and woke up with some deafness and definite dizziness and nausea. Over the next few days the ringing in my ear and hearing loss increased till by three days after surgery I was totally deaf in the ear, though the dizziness and nausea left me.
My (very good) NS of course said it was nothing to do with his surgery and actually the ENT and ear specialist he referred me to have also said it's unrelated to surgery and they have never seen the like before following surgery but it seems too much of a coincidence to me. They diagnosed Sudden Hearing Loss and I am getting steroid shots in the ear to fix it. Luckily the first shot seems to be helping so I am hopeful that the rest will do the trick.
Everything I have read online about Sudden Hearing Loss does say it's a random medical mystery with no known cause (possibly a virus or a very small possibility of a tumor--I am getting an MRI today to rule that out). But it seems just too close a coincidence so I thought I would ask if anyone else experienced similar probs. I thought it was perhaps reverb from the drill but the doc said most of the surgery was curets and cutting, not a drill.
FYI: If you are having such a hearing loss everything I have read also says to treat it as a medical emergency and see a doctor right away. My ear doctor says the single most important factor in recovery is how soon you start treatment.
I look forward to hearing from anyone (no pun intended)