One ear down

I am really freaking out right about now. I woke up this morning unable to hear out of my left ear. No signs, no warnings, nothing. I felt completely normal when I went to bed last night and then when I got up about 7:00 this morning, I only had partial hearing in my left ear and this roaring/ringing sound. I feel completely fine otherwise — no blocked sinuses or anything of the sort.

It has not gotten better since.

I talked to the nurse at my doctor’s office just now. She said to try putting a few drops of alcohol and vinegar in there, to see if that helps, but to call them back if it doesn’t get any better or if anything starts to hurt. She seemed to think it might be some water trapped in there from swimming, or possibly a bacterial infection.

I dunno… it seems like if there was water in there I would be able to hear or feel something sloshing around, but I can’t.

I guess if this turned out to be permanent, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

But I’m freaking out anyway.

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