Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sensory deprivation

I was speaking on the phone with mum on Tuesday night and she mentioned that dad has gone deaf in his right ear. He simply woke up on Monday morning and couldn't hear anymore. They were planning to see the GP on Thursday since they already had an appointment for something else. My folks didn't seem very concerned. In fact, dad was downstairs in the kitchen preparing food. Hmmm....I told her I'd look into it.

I went online and found some credible medical websites about sudden hearing loss. And what I read didn't sound good.

I called mum back and told her to take him to the hospital. They did some tests and put him on steroids and it's now a waiting game to see if the hearing will recover. Apparently he is now totally deaf in the right ear and if the hearing doesn't recover, he'll have to get a hearing aid.


Victor said...

I lost total hearing in one ear when I was in my late 40s. It occurred over a period of about 8 years and started with an ear infection. I later put the infection down to pool water that I didn't clear from the ear after swimming laps one day. It sloshed around in my ear for days and stupidly I just let it clear out naturally over several days rather than have it attended to by my GP. I now have some balance problems apart from hearing difficulties.

Unfortunately specialists have told me that hearing aids will not assist me.

Adaptive Radiation said...

Thanks for sharing Victor. I would not have known from the times we have met up that you were dealing with hearing issues.