In late May I had ear infections in both ears and ended up with a perforated eardrum on the left side. Two courses of antibiotics, multiple visits with a nurse practitioner and one visit to my family doctor resulted in a referral to an ear nose and throat specialist. About a year ago I had my hearing checked due to some spells of vertigo. The results of the test were that I had excellent hearing...for a thirty year man, but I was forty-one at the time.
Yesterday I got the bad news, when the specialist compared the results from a hearing test yesterday and the prior test it was obvious that I had lost some hearing. Apparently I only have excellent hearing for a forty year old man. There are some caveats to that, my right ear has some hearing loss that looks like it's due to gunshots and there's a sharp downward tick at about one to two kilohertz because of tinnitus (which I've had since I was a child, I don't remember not having it).
Eustachian tube are swollen shut so my ears aren't draining, nor can I equalize pressure. I won't be flying anywhere for awhile, large hills can be uncomfortable right now. However all hope is not lost as I get to try a steroidal anti-inflamatory nasal mist for the next 9 months to get the tubes unblocked. I might even get back to to having the hearing of a thirty-five year man. Who says there's no fountain of youth!