I know this sort of belongs on a different forum but this one is home for me.
I sometimes wish that I would get spinning vertigo, only so that I could attach names and say, “this is definitely what is wrong with me.” I have been having dizzyspells/attack lately that make me think they may be meniere’s and not MAV. No spinning vertigo ever, but with these attacks, my hearing changes, the tinnitus becomes like a seashell hooked up to a PA system set on max, everything becomes muffled, and I become very sound sensitive.
Here’s the thing that gets me. The hearing tests keep showing varying levels of loss, sometimes no loss. They also show that I should not be having problems hearing people because the frequency range is no where near the human voice. Yet, during one of my spells/attacks, I frequently mis-hear people. Over the telephone, or headphones of any type, everything sounds like static. I just spoke to my mother-in-law and I could of swore it was my nephew. I had to go by the caller ID to identify that it was a lady I was talking to. Men on the telephone is just a waste of time, I can understand about half of what they say. When the sound comes to both ears instead of being isolated, I can hear “almost” OK, no static, no distortion, and I can understand “most” of what is being said. I try to explain what things sound like to the docs and the hearing technicians only to get weird looks of non-understanding.
Here is the EXTREMELY frustrating part. I don’t fit into any “pre-cast” mold, I don’t match any of the definitions for “what ever,” so everybody except my wife says that I can work.
I guess I just need to go back to work and let myself actually get hurt when I fall. After a few workman’s comps cases, they won’t want to employ me. I also need to stop chasing off the people that want to call an ambulance for me when I take a fall. Maybe a few ambulance rides on my records would make the government think differently.