ST. LOUIS - After years of wearing ear plugs at night to block the sound of her husband’s snoring, Karen Biggs woke one morning unable to hear out of her right ear.
Biggs’ primary care doctor referred her to Dr. James Hartman, an ENT with Mercy who diagnosed her with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss. He quickly referred her to Mercy Hyperbaric and Wound Care.
He said the best outcomes are usually seen in patients treated within the first 14 days after a sudden hearing loss. Conversely, there are no benefits for those who wait 90 days or more to seek treatment.