She was perfectly fine Feb 11th. The morning of Feb 12th she woke up fine, but started noticing a change in her hearing - things sounding tinny, a lot of other noises in her head.
At this time she has very little hearing in her right ear and no hearing whatsoever in her left ear. She has undergone many doctors appointments, CT scans, MRI, vestibular exam, a series of steroid shots in the ear drum, the hearing tests so far show little to no change.
They don't know the cause and her doctor says she will probably never know. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a type of hearing loss, or deafness, in which the root cause lies in the inner ear or sensory organ (cochlea and associated structures) or the vestibulocochlear nerve (cranial nerve VIII). This type of hearing loss is somewhat rare when occurring in one ear, but very rare when it affects both ears, which is what has happened to Cassie.
Without a hearing aid, Cassie cannot hear anything. She feels panicked and isolated. She has trouble even communicating with her family.
She has not been able to work since February. A hearing aid and cochlear implant are her best options. She has a loaner hearing aid for now, but she will need to get one of her own soon. Hearing aids are not covered by insurance.
- Randy Prine
- Logan Brown
- Nikki Adolf
- Richelle DiGiacomo
- Donna Thompson
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