Gentlemen, I've returned from the Isle of the Deaf (yes, it's the same place). I've had ear infects before but nothing like this. I admit it was frightening - tough to be John Wayne of the Ears. Thought it was a cholesteatoma at first in one ear. But thankfully not. I learned lots - among which: 1.) Z-Pak = Zero pack (for me, at least); 2.) my ENT told me that ears are - second only to the rectum - the most unclean part of the human body. No, he wasn't referring to mine, but everyone's generally. (Blame Stockhausen, almost everyone does); 3.) Living w/o music is very hard and very sad ; and 4.) I missed you guys - thanks for the sense of community here.
DUDE! I can sympathize!
Since early August I have had an off-and-on tinnitus in the left ear, a low bass (and LOUD) Bb ! Antibiotics chased it away for a while, but it returned! Stronger antibiotics chased it away a second time, but it returned. Finally, a ten-day regimen of Prednisone (a steroid) seems to have worked.
Yes, one fears a permanent condition: some people have a debilitating tinnitus for years and years: very depressing! My hearing in the left ear was considerably weakened by the volume of the tinnitus (pronounced tin'-ni-toos in Latin, incorrectly pronounced ti-NITE-iss by our unenlightened types). I recall being in the hallway and not understanding much of anything spoken loudly by several people.
Right now, everything is great!
We need more magic dragons here!
So stay with us!