Today was a difficult day:
On Keto, I have learned to listen to my body, and I have thus become hyper-aware when something isn't right, whether I have a blood sugar spike from food, or I'm getting a cold.
After going to bed with a fairly stuffy ear last night, I woke up to extremely muffled hearing in that ear plus ringing, sound distortion, and some pain. A problem with my hearing is not something I can afford to underestimate.
After a visit to Prompt Care this morning, a rather painful ear flush, and no relief, something told me that it was more than mild swelling/irritation. I decided to reach out to a good friend/audiologist in Peoria. Per her sound advice, she made an appointment for me with an ENT specialist in Peoria. After a hearing test, the doctor found that what is happening is NOT in fact simple irritation. It seems to be a viral infection that set in within my auditory nerve. If not resolved quickly, the damage can often be irreparable. Thus, I'm on heavy-duty steroids that should, hopefully, cure the virus... just need to make it through the side effects. :( Dudes, seriously. Listen to your body. If you are not satisfied with a flippant "diagnosis" from under qualified doctors, keep asking for answers. I cannot survive in my line of work in a music store and as a clarinet teacher and performer with deficient hearing. If your doctor won’t take you seriously, find a doctor who will. Otherwise, you will risk losing one of your most important attributes.