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Inner ear infection.

Jeffrey Sirianni sirianni at uts.cc.utexas.edu
Fri Jun 30 09:27:00 EST 1995

In article <3ss0qa$4t2 at lyra.csx.cam.ac.uk>, amh15 at cus.cam.ac.uk (Alan Hart) says:
>A friend of mine has just suffered a very nasty inner ear infection. Her 
>vestibular system appears to have packed up and the room was constantly 
>spinning. She vomited frequently. She ended up in hospital and was off work 
>for about 5 weeks.
>A consequence of this is that she has lost some hearing, presumably in the 
>one ear, and she has been told that she may not recover this. She also has a 
>loud buzzing in one ear.

It sounds like a viral infection of the inner ear.  Recovery can take the form
of return of all, some, or none of the original hearing sensitivity, it is
completely unpredictable.

>My questions:
>- What are the prospects for recovery from tinnitus (I take it it is called 
>  tinnitus even it it manifests itself as a buzzing) caused in this way?

This is a possibility... Just like return of hearing sensitivity.

>- Can drugs be given to deaden hearing (and hence buzzing) in that ear only?

This is NOT recommended, except in cases where the vertigo is chronic and makes
life unbearable

>- I understand one "cure" is permanent elimination of hearing in one ear.
>  Is this procedure actually ever done, and how is it viewed by specialists?

Destruction of the inner ear and auditory nerve mechanisms causing tinnitus has
been long abandoned.  There are many cases where the tinnitus remains in an ear
with no hearing to mask the tinnitus.

You may want to listening in on the tinnitus support group : alt.support.tinnitus

Jeff Sirianni     @(((<{
University of Texas at Austin
Communication Sciences and Disorders
CMA, 2nd Floor Clinic
Austin, TX  78712-1089
sirianni at uts.cc.utexas.edu
jgsaudio at aol.com

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