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coltsfan
11-04-2008, 12:10 PM
I have noticed a decrease in my hearing ability lately. I have never heard (sorry, no pun intended) of anyone saying that the ears have been affected, but I thought I would just ask the question.
I work in a factory with machinery, but I am in the office, so I am not exposed to them all day. No one in my family really suffers from hearing loss exactly. My dad has a few pitches that he can't hear. (He can't hear crickets!!!) Anyone know?

jaideni
11-04-2008, 12:47 PM
I dont know but I have noticed that since I started having ringing in my ears that my hearing is being affected. Sometimes I hear fine but at others I feel like I will be deaf at any minute.

rob
11-04-2008, 02:37 PM
I have some serious hearing problems from an explosion I was too close to years ago. I have had terrible ringing for years. But lately, I've had short periods of time where my hearing goes numb, or dead I guess, in one ear. It lasts for a few minutes, then it goes away. The sensation is like putting in an earplug in one ear.

I worked in a factory/industrial environment too Coltsfan, but I was religious about wearing my earplugs. I need to see a specialist to figure out if my problem is a lasting effect of the old injury, or if it's Lupus/MS related. Not much fun.

sits_inthe_corner
11-04-2008, 05:44 PM
Hey coltsfan

Have you mentioned this to your doc? There could be something else going on.

I do have some hearing loss but I put it down to 15 yrs of working in daycare :lol:

I work in an office now. I find I have to get things repeated, especially of there is background noise.

My husband insists on chatting to me when I'm cooking. If I have the rangehood turned on I cant hear him at all.

coltsfan
11-05-2008, 05:19 AM
Thanks everyone. I am going to mention it when I go. Mine is kinda like yours Sits. I can hear, just can't tell what they are saying. I have to have people repeat it all the time. Very annoying. After a while it makes me grouchy.

Jesse
11-05-2008, 08:58 AM
Hi coltsfan,

I have hearing issues as well. Several years ago I went suddenly deaf in my left ear and the doctors still don't know if it was a virus or related to my lupus/Sjogren's issues. A few months ago my hearing ear developed ringing and the rheumy believes it is related to the lupus. I also get a feeling of fullness in my deaf ear and sometimes an ear ache when I'm flaring. No doubt there's a lupus connection there. I'm desperately trying to keep the little bit of hearing I have left. My hearing ear is not perfect and I believe it's getting worse. I have an appointment with the audiologist tomorrow and hope the apparant new loss is just my imagination.

Please protect your hearing from all outside noise....EVERY TIME. Even if you just leave your office briefly. It all adds up and the fact that you have other issues going on means you have to be that much more careful with your ears. Lupus can affect your hearing.

coltsfan
11-05-2008, 09:03 AM
Thanks Jesse,
I hope everything goes well for you at the audiologist. Keep us posted.
I know it drives me crazy when there is more than one noise going on at a time. I can listen to the radio in the car, but if anyone else is in the car also, the radio drives me crazy. :)

jaideni
11-05-2008, 03:28 PM
Lol I am constanly saying to my friends, "yeah I am listening I just cant understand what you are saying" my best friend told me yesteday that she is getting tired of that. I just laugh if off oh well you hear some you lose some

oopsydoopsygirl
11-28-2008, 07:42 PM
I have had a persistant ringing in my left ear for over three months. I was recently diagnosed with Lupus (like 2 weeks ago) so I know for me it isn't a side effect of Prednisone, but I read that Prednisone can cause a ringing in the ear.

Not sure if that helps you or not? Tell your doctor. :)