I have noticed a hear loss for about 2 years now. Paid no real attention to it, (just thought it just came with age and was going to finally book an appointment to get my hearing checked). Last Thursday I felt a small pop in my ear and notice there were clear blisters in the back of my throat. The area around my ear is very soar, my left side of my face is also swollen. It is extremely painful to touch my left earloab also. Finally on Saturday I went to the emergency to get it looked at. The 2 seconds the doctor looked at my ear, he cam up with the conclusion that I had shingles
. He gave me perks and told me to go see my family doctor on Monday. I did not get the perks, I just dealt with it. I ended up at a clinic on Monday since my Dr. is on vacation till July 15. The clinic doctor first looked into my right ear, then told me that I just had an ear infection
and sent me on my way. This morning I took a shower, and when I was ever so gently using a Q-tip on my ear, there was blood. It feels like my brain is trying to push it's way out of my ear. I have to keep my head slanted to the right because the pain is just too much. I would appreciat any help or suggestions. Thank you so very much for reading my story.