The beginning of my story

It happened 108 days ago. Whilst sitting in a school auditorium, listening to a guest speaker giving a presentation, I put my head up from writing some notes, and out of nowhere came a loud screeching sound that filled my head with pressure. I was surrounded by colleagues and sitting in the middle of a row of people, so was unable to leave the room. The sound grew quieter into a dull ringing, but the pressure continued, and I was soon feeling lightheaded and disorientated. Whilst trying to act normal, I turned to my colleague to the right of me to discuss the question that the presenter had given us. We talked a little, and then I turned to my friend on my left. I could see she was talking. Her mouth was moving and she was looking at me and was gesturing. But I couldn’t hear anything she was saying. I was supposed to be writing down our answers, so I asked her to write hers on the list I was making.

In the break, I made my way to the toilet with a small group of friends. I was dizzy and things were spinning like when you’ve had too much to drink and can’t focus on a particular thing. In the toilet I desperately tried to pop my ears, closing my mouth, holding my nose and trying to exhale through my nose. This momentarily seemed to ease some of the pressure, but my head was still spinning and I was aware that I couldn’t hear well out of my left ear. I told a few people that my ear had popped – like when you go through a tunnel on the train, or when your ears block from the pressure of going up in an aeroplane. This is what it felt like, and though I was extremely uncomfortable, I wasn’t too worried. I was tired that day, and thought that maybe after a sleep, I would feel normal again.


Author: myhearinglossstory

Hi, My name is Carly. I am 36 years old and I am currently living in Spain. I am originally from a small seaside town in Yorkshire called Bridlington, and have also lived in China and Thailand. I am an Early Years primary school teacher, and have been teaching for more than 12 years. I love walking in the countryside, getting lost in Madrid, going out for breakfast, taking photos, listening to music, storytelling podcasts, baking, running, drinking wine, and eating spicy food. In August 2016, I experienced sudden sensorineural hearing loss in my left ear. I started this blog as a way to inform my friends and family about my progress, for anyone else who is going through a similar experience as me, or for anybody who is interested in learning about this type of hearing loss, and the way it can affect everyday life.

11 thoughts on “The beginning of my story”

  1. It sounds like the most horrible experience, can’t imagine what it must really be like. How are you dealing with it now?
    PS, find my way here through the link on Jackie’s blog featuring this post. I’m glad we bumped into each other.

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    1. Hello Aishwarya. Thank you for your comment. I am still at the beginning of dealing with everything. The hospital specialists keep coming up with new plans and ideas to try to help me with the other issues I’m experiencing, such as the pressure in my ear. There is more to my story…
      Thank you also to Jackie for allowing me to put my blog link on her page 🙂


      1. Jackie is wonderful and it’s so good to be able to connect with you. You are really brave for facing all this and do keep writing about your experiences because trust me, it helps so many out there who need help! 🙂

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  2. my brother in law had worked in a Larsen and Toubro company under heavy pounding machinery and had lost his hearing. He went to a homoeopathy doctor in a small village near Hyderabad (a city in India) and he was given treatment for six months after which his hearing returned. he had to take a lot of homeopathy pills for it though. His wife, my sister, who is a doctor, does not believe in homoeopathy but let him try it out. and it worked for him. I hope your situation keeps on improving. It has made you stronger which is good.

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