Missing the sense of sound in just one ear makes the world seem two-dimensional, aurally speaking; just like if one is blind in one eye, the world seems flat visually (our depth perception is purely because our brains combine the pictures from both eyes into one--hence three-dimensional vision).
As I stay home in bed on my weekend off, taking the antibiotics prescribed, but not yet completed, I notice that my hearing is slowly returning. At this point, it feels like my ear is plugged up, and I keep catching myself tilting my head, reflexively, to try to drain it of the fluid that isn't in there.
The first couple of days, it was actually painful to the point of annoying. No wonder little kids cry and claw at their ear when they get infections in their ears.
I've only had one other ear infection that I can recall. It wasn't the same that time, with the only symptom being dizziness. I did get a little dizzy this time, but nowhere near the same magnitude as that other time. If I had ear infections as a child, I don't remember them.
So, for the most part, I've just been spending my time in bed with the phone off the hook. I don't want to talk to anyone right now. I had to get up to go to the store; the kitties were out of food, and I wanted some snacks. I also have a sh*t-load of laundry that I'm trying to get done.