Back in 1998, I lost quite a bit of hearing in my right ear due to a viral infection. I remember lying in bed and having the strange sensation of my ear “popping in reverse” (it’s hard to explain). After several visits to the ear doctor — one visit specifically to test if I had a tumor — I was diagnosed with sudden deafness. I lost the majority of hearing in the high- and mid-range in that ear, combined with a wonderful case of tinnitus (ringing). I’ve been living with it ever since, and to be honest, I’ve mostly come to terms with it. If the ringing gets too annoying at night, I simply turn on the air conditioner and the white noise blocks most of it. The hardest part is trying to hear conversations where there’s a high level of background noise. The good news is that the left ear seems to have adjusted to the other ear’s problem, and I can carry on conversations much easier than I could after the problem first occurred.
Anyways, I saw an article on the BBC’s web site this morning that stated that vitamin E can help to restore hearing in some people that suffer from sudden deafness. I hope it’s true – it would be great to regain any of the hearing I’ve lost. I already take 400-800 mg of vitamin E every day to help recover from heavy weight lifting sessions. The vitamin helps speed up recovery from torn muscle tissue — I honestly feel less muscle pain after taking it in the morning.