Hi All. About a month ago, I had a really bad ear infection. The pain was really bad, and I had to take 400mg ibuprofen regularly so that it was manageable. I also could not hear from my ear, and there was really bad tinnitus. About a week later, the pain was subsiding, but my hearing was still blocked. Another week later, my hearing gradually returned, but even now, I do not hear things at full volume.
My ear specialist had prescribed antibiotics for 2 weeks, and ear drops. He also checked my ear pressure, and said it was abnormal.
Now, it is one month later. The pain is gone, and hearing is significantly better, but the tinnitiis is still there. In fact, it is getting worse. I did not particularly like my ear specialist, and he is on vacation, so I think it might be a good time to get a second opinion.
I am very worried that I may have done some permanent damage to my ear. I really do not want to live with tinnitus for the rest of my life, and since I know that the cause of the tinnitus is the infection, it makes me angrier that it could have been resolved. Am I worrying unnecessarily, or is there a chance that the tinnitus is permanent? I had meant to check with another ear doctor last week, but I was busy with work, so I will have to go this week.
Right now, I am just concerned that the tinnitus will stay. It is very annoying! I don't know if I am over-reacting, but I am very worried about it.