This will be the beginning of me trying to explain my medical problems to my family and the rest of the world. Don’t laugh, but it’s amazing how many times I have had to try to explain this situation.
The only time I watch TV is when I am laying in bed. And back in August of 2009, I started to notice that when I was laying in bed on my right side, I was having issues hearing the TV. But if I was laying on my back or my left side I could hear the TV without any problems. So I went ahead and made an appointment with an ENT that my wife and son had used in the past.
When I was young, I had many ear problems, tubes in each ear multiple times, but that all went away on my 8th birthday, when I had my tonsils and adenoids, what a wonderful 8th birthday! But at least most of my problems with my ears stopped after the surgery.
So I go to my appointment with the ENT who I will call Doctor A. This is one of those doctors, who realized that he didn’t want to deal with runny noses and colds all of the time, but not until after he was already an ENT. On Thursday he sees his ENT patients and every other day of the week, he wants to be a plastic surgeon. He does, hair removal, brow lifting, runs a snoring clinic, does botox, and somewhere in there he is an ENT, you know the typical doctor who is trying to make every penny that he can, since he probably isn’t very good at any of them.
So after I get into the office lobby for Doctor A and they try to sell me $500 worth of vitamins, I finally get to see the doctor. I give him my whole history, he then looks in both of my ears and then gives me this hearing test with some musical instrument. He tells me that I can’t hear out of my left ear. Really? Glad I hadn’t paid him my co-pay yet! He tells me that I need to go get a hearing test and he wants to schedule me for surgery to put a tube in my ear. Now don’t get me wrong, but this guy must think I’m nuts, I think I want a second opinion on this one!
A few weeks go by and I have to go to a conference in New York, my hearing seemed to be about the same before I left. When I get to New York, it felt like my left ear never popped. It was kind of weird, whenever somebody would talk to me on my left side, I couldn’t even hear a word they were saying. I had to make sure I was looking at everybody before they talked to me so I could understand what they were saying. I was in New York for 5 days and it was miserable. My ear never popped and I had a cold, so I assumed the problem was just that I had a cold.
Once I got back home, I went to a walk-in clinic who gave me some and told me that if my cold and ear didn’t clear up that I should go see another ENT. I love Z-Pak’s, but for some reason, my ear which did get a little better, didn’t get much better.
Time to make an appointment with a real ENT.