After struggling through the last four days trying to hear, I am going to my ENT again tomorrow. I wear a hearing aid in the left ear, right ear is gone, and usually my hearing is pretty good with the aid. It has been doing this fluctuating thing for awhile now, though. Last time it happened I took Prednisone for a week and it got better. That was exactly one month ago. I took Prednisone again all last week and it didn't help. Today it is at rock bottom. I swear I was worn out by the time I got home from work from just from trying to understand people. My neck and shoulders hurt from the stress of it all. (I answer the phone all day and do dictation!) I nearly know this has something to do with my eustachian tubes swelling, I just don't know what to do about it and it seems I never get anywhere with the doctor. The way people sound to me is just something you can't explain to a "hearing" person....but you all know that don't you? Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else has a problem like this and if so maybe you have had some luck with something that I could mention to the doctor. My volume level seems to stay pretty good, it's just that I can't understand what people are saying. Actually, I think my volume is even down this time. Guess I'll know tomorrow after I have my zillionth hearing test. Another thing is that I don't have much tinnitus in my left ear, but I have two different sounds going on in my right one all the time. Guess that makes up for it But this morning I woke up with my left ear ringing in a big way. It is better now although still there a little. I appreciate any and all replies.