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Deafness is a condition of having hearing loss. It often occurs due to injury, illness, heredity, medications, exposure to loud sound, and occupational exposure. It is treated by surgery or by wearing hearing devices.

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I need advice on deaf and dumb inheritance. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I got a marriage proposal where the girl's father and his brother are mute and deaf. But, surprisingly the children are at good health without any issues. Can I go ahead to marry her? Are deaf and dumb hereditary? Kindly advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is always a small risk of having a child with deafness, even if there is no family history of deafness (1 in 1000). In this case, the risk would increase. But this would be dependent upon whether the girl carries the gene for deafness. So, precise risk can only be s...  Read Full »

I have been having right ear deafness for many years. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking medications such as Atorvastatin 10 mg, Aspirin 81 mg, Benazepril 40 mg, Lansoprazole 30 mg, and Amlodipine besylate 5 mg. I have been having right ear deafness for many years. The left ear had a sudden decrease in high frequencies a year ago. Hearing aid helps, but hig...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. A sudden decrease in high frequencies last year must have occurred after some trigger. Have you taken any new medicine? Such hearing losses may be permanent if we do not act immediately. In your case, if it has been present this long, we may ...  Read Full »

My daughter experiences numbness and pain in her ear. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,My 12-year-old daughter feels like she is going deaf. She has numbness in the ear and on-and-off pain. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Firstly, I would like to give you an overview of your daughter's condition. Since you mentioned that she has taken Claritin, I assume she has a history of allergic rhinitis. Other than causing paroxysmal sneezing, blo...  Read Full »

What are the various treatment options for sudden deafness?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 32-year-old male with a height of 5 feet 5 inches and weight 110 pounds. I had sudden deafness of left ear last year. No infection, no injury, no other disease. Treatment started with Mecobalamin, Dexamethasone sodium phosphate, and some other medication through IV. Also treated ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per reported by you, there is an improvement in the left ear however, in spite of all the treatments done, sometimes the loss is not entirely reversible. Thus there are high chances of the damage in the left ear to be the same, which is mild at low frequency. The ma...  Read Full »

I am concerned about my friend who was previously deaf in her left ear, not able to hear through right ear as she was drinking. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,My friend was previously deaf in her left ear, and at present, she is having difficulty with her right ear also. She was drinking and earlier today before taking a nap, she was only deaf in the left one. Does drinking cause this condition? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Puneet Maheshwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Alcohol affects every organ in the body. It is known as a central nervous system depressant, and it is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream. Metabolism occurs in the liver. However, the liver can o...  Read Full »

Can congenital deafness be transferred to future generation?

Query: Hello doctor,The girl's father is dumb and deaf affected. If I marry that girl (the affected person's daughter), will the child born to us also be affected? And I am not dumb and deaf. Please help me decide whether to marry her or not.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. Congenital deafness and mutism has a genetic effect and may pass to future generations but incidences are very less as compared to other congenital and genetic diseases. You may marry with a girl's concern. Deafness and mutism in the next generati...  Read Full »

Is there any treatment for sinusoidal deafness?

Query: Hello doctor, I have sinusoidal deafness for the past 22 years which is hereditary in my family. I wear hearing aids in both ears, but still, struggle in hearing. I was told to upgrade to higher end 32-channel hearing aid, which costs a bomb. From the past 20 years, my hearing problem has worsened. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Roy Dev Shuvendu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have a bilateral sensorineural loss which is progressive. There is no medicine which can prevent further loss. You have to get serial audiograms every six months to see the progression of the hearing loss. Current treatment is to wear a good quality digital hearing...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for progressive deafness?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 73 year old male. I have recently become progressively deaf in one ear. It took about six weeks during which it progressed through various stages of tinnitus, a hissing sound, heavily pulsed, becoming almost constant and some degree of loss of balance. The present situation is t...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A unilateral sudden-onset hearing loss will be the result of exposure to cold weather, viral infection, allergy or autoimmune causes. You mentioned that an audiology test is done. Can I see the report? Your symptoms were progressive deafness with various types of tinni...  Read Full »

I have hearing loss and a lack of acoustic reflex in the right ear. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have hearing loss in the right ear and a lack of acoustic reflex in the right ear. Please suggest what to do. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Loss of acoustic reflex in one ear usually means some conductive loss, usually in the middle ear. The MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), including an angiogram of the inner ear, was done to exclude inner ear causes. It would have been helpful if you had included some mor...  Read Full »

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