Hi. I am brand new to this forum - or to any online forum anywhere for that matter. So not sure I'm doing this right, but hear goes (get it?)
I woke up about a week and a half ago with an intense, unrelenting ringing in my left ear, and noticeable hearing loss. After a second sleepless night of it I saw a doctor, who then referred me to an audiologist the next morning, who then told me I had suffered sudden unilateral severe hearing loss, possibly due to a viral infection, and that it was permanent and something i would have to learn to live with. I had an MRI 5 days later and, hearing nothing (literally) from any doctor for 3 days, I went back to get a copy of the MRI for myself and learned that they suspect an acoustic neuroma approx 1.1cm x 1.2 x 2.1. From what little I've read here today, that seems to be a pretty small one, so I likely have more time and options than my brain and extremely-nervous psyche are currently telling me. But I know very little yet about treatments, experiences of others, what to expect, whose an expert in Colorado where I live, etc. After many phone messages, I finally got a PA from the ENT office to call me back, and he admitted they were not the experts in this kind of thing, and were referring my case to Dr. Steven Cass at University of Colorado Hospital (anyone know him?) and that he would get back to me in a week or so. Makes me want to scream that no one else sees the urgency that I do, but I guess I just have to have patience.
So while I wait for a medical expert to contact me, can anyone out there who's actually been thru something similar, shed any light on options, your experience, any knowledge of experts in Colorado in either microsurgery or radiosurgery? Any alternative treatments? Acupuncture? Marathon-sock-sniffing? Anything at all?