Skip to content


    Attention All WebMD Community Members:

    These message boards are closed to posting. Please head on over to our new WebMD Message Boards to check out and participate in the great conversations taking place:

    Your new WebMD Message Boards are now open!

    Making the move is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Head over to this page:

    2.Choose the tag from the drop-down menu that clicks most with you (and add it to any posts you create so others can easily find and sort through posts)

    3.Start posting

    Have questions? Email us anytime at

    Includes Expert Content
    Permanent Ear Fullness due to SSNHL
    An_248971 posted:

    I suffered sudden sensorineural hearing loss with associated tinnitus, and ear fullness about a year ago. I underwent the standard round of steroid treatments and intratympanic injections in the weeks following onset without any benefit. My hearing loss is moderate but what remains is quite distorted and useless. Anyway my most troublesome symptom is the constant feeling of pressure inside my ear. My ENT told me that there was nothing he could do about it but I find it pretty distracting, much worse than the mild tinnitus. Is there anything that can be done to relieve that sensation? Even surgical, even it if meant losing the remaining hearing in that ear (which isn't much use anyway)?

    Daniell1574 responded:
    I have the same problem as you the fullness the ringing the hearing loss. Sometimes there is pain there. I have done pretty much everything you have plus some. My next step is a surgery but I worry that it will not reduce any of the pressure or the ringing. I'm pretty sure that my hearing is just gonna be a total loss in that left ear. The vertigo is controlled for the most part with medication and diet. There is surgery options out there though. If they work or not I'm not sure. They told me the steroid treatments would work and they haven't. They told me the other treatments would work and they didn't. They told me I wouldn't lose my hearing and it is just about gone. The fisrt Dr. was a complete joke the second Dr at least wants to try things to help. So good luck
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    Unfortunately, I do not know the detail of your case to know if you are a candidate for any surgical procedure to relieve this pressure. As a matter of fact, this is really beyond my primary care area of expertise....this is something that an otologist should be discussing with you. There may be nothing that can be done, but again, I don't have enough information to even discuss it with you generally, let alone in a patient-specific manner. I am really sorry.
    MarkEl replied to Daniell1574's response:
    How long have you had your condition? I find the ear pressure the most bothersome part, more than the tinnitus and hearing loss. My ent said he couldn't do anything but I didn't ask him about surgery specifically. I don't have vertigo, fortunately so he may consider surgery too drastic a step.

    Helpful Tips

    Your Home Black BagExpert
    Doctors used to carry black bags containing all the medical tools they would need for a home visit. Of course, that rarely happens anymore. ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    32 of 54 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Focus on Flu

    Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.