For those that don't know my background, I was hard of hearing with one ear completely gone with a 50-70dB loss in my right ear. With my brand-new hearing aid that I just got in December, I could hear so many new things compared to my previous ten year old hearing aid. Anyway, on to what happened. Really weird thing happened. It all started yesterday morning when I hit my head (it wasn't even that big of a blow, either; I've had harder blows to my head without any effect on my hearing whatsoever. That's caused me to be nicknamed "bonehead" by my uncle and grandpa -- we're the three boneheads in my family. ). Immediately afterwards I noticed an echo-type hearing with my ear (it was my ear -- not my hearing aid as it occurred while my hearing aid was off). The worst thing is that yesterday I was supposed to begin training for my new job!! Argh!! Anyway, I went to have my doctor clean out my ear (yes, I use q-tips after I get out of the shower, but I still get wax buildup in there) as it's been in need of a cleaning lately. However, afterwards, my ear begins to exhibit severe ringing. I know it wasn't the fault of the cleaning as I've had these cleanings done numerous times and nothing like this has ever happened before. My guess is the wax may have caused pressure buildup in there for some time. How much? I don't know. My hearing began to gradually fade until this morning when I can't hear anything even with my hearing aid at full volume. I can tell that there seems to be something in my inner ears (fluid, to the best of my knowledge), as when I hold my nose and blow very slightly nothing happens (as opposed to when before, I could feel air escaping). My guess is fluid may be blocking the soundwaves from entering into my inner ear and processing the soundwaves. If so, then all I need is some medicine to help eliminate the fluid. If not, and if it's something more serious...oh, man, I sincerely hope not. I don't want to lose my hearing this early in life!! Oh, well, if I do -- at least I know where to come to sell my Home Theater gear!! EDIT: Yes, I do have a doctor's appointment this morning so we'll find out what's going on.