I realize this has nothing to do with cooking, but has anyone here been diagnosed with this?
It was the strangest thing. I picked up a cold while in Las Vegas and decided to take a decongestant before boarding the flight home. Everything was fine during the flight but, as we were landing, I noticed my wife tapping me on the arm. I guess she had been talking to me but I wasn't responding to her (ok, granted, that in itself is not that unusual among married men).
It wasn't just her. I couldn't hear other people talking around me at all. The only sounds I could hear was anything high pitched. Yesterday, things were a little better, but still not anywhere near normal. So I went to the urgent care, and was told I had "airplane ear", which is caused by the Eustachian tube collapsing on itself due to a pressure imbalance. The doctor also said it was probably caused by taking the decongestant before getting on the plane, and that it would most likely clear up in a day or two.
Strange what he said about the decongestant being the cause, because all of the reading I've done since recommends taking a decongestant before flying in order to prevent it.
Anyway, my hearing is somewhat back as of this morning, but what a weird couple of days this has been.