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 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 »

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. Dev Roy

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 hea...  Read Full »

Is deaf and dumb problem hereditary?

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. Sumit Srivastava

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 on...  Read Full »

Is otomycosis the cause of my deafness?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had otomycosis for the past four months. I felt a bit deaf in my right ear and itchy on both ears. I have already done ear flushing twice. It has been two months since my past ear flushing was done. But the deafness is back again, but this time I did not feel heavy on my ear. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Otomycosis or swimmer's ear is one condition that can cause pain, deafness, wetness, and intense itching. The best way to treat this problem is to 1) Refrain from self-cleaning the ear as it can introduce fungal spores from the cotton on the tip. In addition, you have ...  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 th...  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 o...  Read Full »

Can congenital deafness be transferred to future generation?

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

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

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

What should I do if my ear pain is getting worse?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 37-year-old male, and my height is 5'11", and my weight is 89 kg. I have terrible ear pain and deafness. I am currently Sertraline. My ear pain has been getting worse over the past four days. What should I do?Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Radha Peruvemba Hariharan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms are suggestive of a middle ear infection. There is the possibility of wax in the ear canal. Is there any discharge from the ear? Do you have a cold or nasal block? Until you consult an ENT for this issue, for the time being, you can follow the precau...  Read Full »

I have a constant ringing, wind sounds in my ear, and cannot hear clearly after a viral fever. How to treatment my deafness?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a viral fever two weeks ago and developed an ear infection on the third day of the fever. I also had a COVID-19 test, but it was negative. I consulted a general physician, and my TM looks normal. They did Rinne and Weber's test, and there is left lateralization in Weber's test. They...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do not worry. It seems to be due to a spasm or motion loss of middle ear bones following colds. I suggest you follow the instructions mentioned below. 1. Take steam inhalation three times a day. 2. Take herbal tea twice a day. 3. Consume lukewarm water three times a ...  Read Full »

I got sudden deafness in my left ear. What are the treatment options to improve the hearing function?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 32-year-old male with a height of 170 cm and weight 50 kg. 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 with mouse ner...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Answer: Hello,Welcome to 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 main...  Read Full »

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