I thought I would give you a "prequel" of how/when diagnosed/symptoms etc. as I have had inquires on this aspect and how I reached my decision. This is more for the newbies.
I travel often by air for both personal and business. In July of 2012, after several flights, I realized my right ear felt like it was clogged up and I could not clear it. I also could not hear well. Like most healthy people, I ignored it and chalked it up to too much air travel.
In August, after a few more flights, realized symptoms still there so went to my internist and was promptly misdiagnosed with a sinus infection and sent home with antibiotics and to call if not cleared up in 3-4 days. It wasn't and I did and then was referred to an ENT doc. Had a hearing test and was at 40% or so. He prescribed Prednisone, said I should consider an MRI. Well, the med worked and a week later hearing back to 90%, so I didn't go for MRI. Fast forward to much more travel, and its now late October and same symptoms, Go back to ENT, hearing low, more prednisone, no improvement. So I go for the MRI in early Nov. More air travel and I go back to ENT the week before Thanksgiving and get AN diagnosis. Long story short, my ENT very familiar w/AN, knows 3 best options are surgery/CK/GK. He arms me w/basic info and tells me I need to do my research and call him with questions.
I discover this great organization and many helpful people and spent about 1-2 weeks talking to folks bu I pretty much had made decision of CK or GK over that first weekend.
Next phase was where and what doc.
So here we are.
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