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First I must say that I am now in Ecuador so many treatments, medications and specialists are not available here. I was diagnosed as Type 2 back in 2004. I am on januvia and two insulins.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed ringing in my right ear, reminding me of a bout of tinnitus I had a few years back. I then had a feeling that there was a blockage in my ear, again something I experienced a few years ago in Panama. Back then I went to a local doctor and he flushed the ear with warm water, over and over again until a small bit of ear wax, hard as a bullet dropped out and I could hear again. I thought maybe I had the same problem again, so I started using Glycerin trying to soften whatever wax might be in there, before going to my doctor.

A couple of days later I felt the same blockage in my left ear and now my hearing was greatly diminished. I went to the doctor and she prescribed a different medication to soften the wax. She told me to apply it three times a day for several days and then come back for her to wash out my ears with warm water, which I did yesterday.

Similar to my experience in Panama, she washed my ears over and over and removed a quantity of wax, although not very much. When my hearing had not really improved she said my ears were now completely clean. Then she laid the great news on me that it was hearing loss from my diabetes. I disagreed only because it had come on so suddenly, not a gradual loss of hearing. Also when I used the medicine I could hear a crackling noise as though the wax was being broken up. She insisted though and recommended I go to an audiologist in a nearby town.

As I left the doctor's office and ran into a friend I explained about my hearing loss, but then I heard a pop in my right ear and heard her clearly; however, a few seconds later she was gone again. I went back to the doctor's office to ask her to do more flushing but she insisted I had no more wax. I asked her if I could try the drops again and come back in a couple of days and she agreed, although again insisting that I had no more wax buildup in my ears.

I applied the drops again last night and this morning again and much against my own advice thought I would try gently with a Q-tip. Sure enough out came some more wax, so the doctor was clearly wrong about it being gone.

At this point I am going to continue to use the drops and go back to the doctor before seeing an expensive audiologist, but I wondered if anyone else has had a similar experience?
 

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I have had tinnitus on and off for many years, a lot longer than I've had diabetes. Contrary to the belief of many doctors, diabetes is not the cause of every issue we have. Tinnitus is also a caused by pain meds, over the counter and RX. If I take something for a headache too close to a RX pain med it can come back for a few days.
 

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I have had bouts of suddenly muffled hearing and pops that cleared the hearing up for awhile as long as I can remember (intermittently and not in the last few years). For me the cause seemed to be sinus infection causing inflammation and pressure - at least hearing returned to normal when the sinus mess healed.
 

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I have had tinnitus for years and it started long before I had diabetes. I have never heard from anyone that hearing loss is related to diabetes. Regardless, I started losing my hearing in 2002. I worked as a General Manager for a large electronics international service parts call center and distribution center. Eventually, I was unable to perform my job due to hearing loss, even though I had state of the art hearing aids. I was forced to take early retirement.....few people understand the impact hearing loss can have on ones ability to communicate effectively, especially if your are in a management role, where good listening is fundamental to success...!

I hope you are not walking down this road....

Good Luck
 

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I lost a good bit of my hearing in my left ear, a few years ago and I chalk it up to Diabetes. When you diabetes, illnesses are more severe and harder to get rid of. I had an ear infection, not just one but all 3 kinds at one time, Inner, Middle and Outer and took weeks of medication.
 

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I have had tinnitus for over 40 years and many hearing tests before diabetes. So the year I was diagnosed with diabetes, they established my hearing loss as a baseline. In the almost 12 years (next month) I did have hearing loss, but the most loss the first year and then it has held steady with 1 or 2 percent hearing loss in the last three years. The audio specialist tells me that some of my loss is caused by diabetes, but not what happened before diabetes. The audio specialist showed me a diagram of the inner ear and that the small blood vessels are the ones that are affected by diabetes and can cause some hearing loss, but generally not that much unless diabetes is unmanaged. He was happy that I had established a baseline of 35 percent hearing loss in my left ear and 30 percent in my right ear in 1972 after leaving the Army. Current hearing loss 2015 is 40 percent in my left ear and 35 percent in my right ear.

Most of my hearing loss was from my time in the Army and very little since then.
 

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Heck, sometimes the specialists aren't even sure.
 
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