Topic: Hearing Loss
I am 38 years old and have been diagnosed with a moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears. I first learned that my hearing was declining when I was 32. At 38, it had worsened. I now wear a hearing aid in both ears. I just assumed it was genetic and accepted my fate. Looking back, I wonder if aspartame played a role in it. I began drinking diet sodas when I was 28 or 29 and by 32, it was recommended I get a hearing aid. Coincidence? I don't know. I know this, I continued drinking diet sodas and 6 years later my hearing loss worsened and the specialist really couldn't say why someone at my age would lose their hearing at the rate that I was, without having any trauma. And, it was steadily declining - no signs of stabling or tapering off. I doubt that I'll ever regain what was lost, but next year when I complete another hearing test, I can only hope that it stayed the same or improved somewhat. It would be truly sad if aspartame caused this - knowing now that it was something I could have controlled. In addition to this, I had requested a MRI to see if a cause could be determined, maybe something in my brain was causing this. It came back that I had a 1cm cyst on my pineal gland. The doc said this would not have caused my hearing loss and that it was just an incidental finding. I will be having another MRI next year to see whether it's growing, shrinking, or no longer there. I'm hoping that with the removal of the aspartame and detoxing that it just goes away! I don't believe I have had any symptoms as a result from it . . . yet.