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11 Jan 2006

hearing loss after meningitis
My wife had a tooth extraction in June 2005 and three days later was admintted to Hospital with meninitis,high blood sugar levels, high temperature and high pressure. She was put on to antbiotics and insulin for ten days and then discharged.

Just before discharge she reported noises in her ears and a week after discharge she ceased hearing and the noise continued until September.
She still can't hear and two ENT doctors said she has no chance of hearing again. Can CT scan or MRI not detect exactly what the problem is as none of the doctors ever suggested scanning? Are there surgical procedures or interventions that can restore hearing to levels where a hearing aid can be of benefit? One of the Docs mentioned cocchlear implant but this is beyond my means. Please help as I can hardly communicate with my wife of 13 years.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Fruste,
She probably had damage of the nerve of the ear due to the meningitis and you won't be able to see this on a CT or MRI scan. With hearing tests they can determine whether it is the nerve or the inner ear that is damaged - and I guess that they have checked it already. If it was nerve damage, you can not do anything to restore it - unfortunately - with a cochlear implant the sound is relayed to the bone of the skull. Please ask your ENT exactly where the problem lies ?
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