I'm 38 years old and over the past 2.5 years, I've been experiencing Meniere's type problems. 3 month ago, I had another episode and this time my hearing never recovered. I finally saw an ENT consultant this week. The diagnosis was confirmed as Meniere's and he said that my mild reverse-slope hearing loss (effecting my left ear) was permanent.
I was expecting to be sent for an MRI (my GP had mentioned it) but this isn't happening (I'm based in the UK so within the NHS system). I was just wondering if anyone could tell me how the consultant could tell that the hearing loss wasn't caused by some kind of blockage behind the eardrum (rather than by damage to the cochlea)?
Also, he mentioned that hearing aids could help not only with the hearing loss but also with the tinnitus. I said I was coping ok without but, with hindsight, I'm wondering whether I should seriously consider this now? My hearing loss doesn't seem that bad and I feel like I'm making too much of a fuss if I go down the hearing aid route.... How bad does the loss need to be before hearing aids are a good idea?
Many thanks for listening (no pun intended)