Hearing Loss

Partial or total inability to hear in one or both the ears is called hearing loss. Hearing loss can be conductive, sensorineural, and mixed based on the part of the ear affected. The common causes of hearing loss are inner ear damage, wax buildup, ear infection, tumor, and a ruptured eardrum.

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My premature baby has failed his hearing test. What to do next?

Query: Hello doctor,I am writing regarding the newborn screening of my baby. He was prematurely born at 29 weeks and spent 40 days in NICU. During his stay, we tested his hearing via OAE method. At first, both the ears did not respond and in the second screening, the left ear was perfect. But, there was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the files (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The BERA (brainstem evoked response audiometry) report shows a profound hearing loss in the right ear. OAE (otoacoustic emissions) shows an absence of OAE in the right which means the inne...  Read Full »

Will chronic hearing loss lead to stroke?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 56-year-old male. I recently had an MRI of IAC and brain because I have asymmetrical hearing loss and tinnitus in my left ear. No acoustic neuromas found. However, I was scared when I found out that MRI showed mild chronic small vessel disease. I also read online something abo...  Read Full »

Dr. Upendra K Shah


Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your anxiety. Mild small vessel disease is common in people older than 50 years. I agree completely with your primary physician's advise. Additionally, I would like to add that stop smoking if you do. As you said, the development of stroke after hearing lo...  Read Full »

Can speech and vocal issues be linked to early-onset hearing problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know if speech and vocal issues can be linked to early-onset hearing loss or hearing problems. I am wondering if our diagnosis of vocal nodules from vocal abuse actually is stemming from overcompensating to hear at a normal volume.  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, the development of speech is definitely related to hearing. Early-onset hearing loss does impair development of speech as it is known that congenitally deaf are also mute. Regarding the other part, vocal abuse is in fact the only cause of vocal nodules. So tech...  Read Full »

What is the cause of my hearing problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. I am having trouble with my left ear hearing. But, I never took much care to sort it. Lately, I found it is little awkward. I am having an old audiogram result with me. Please look through it and tell your advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Rathi

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have an almost nil hearing in the left ear (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your right ear is normal. So, all your hearing is through right ear and problem you already have is difficulty in localizing speech other than hearing loss. Unilateral heari...  Read Full »

What can be the reason behind Meniere's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been told by my ENT and another specialist that I have Meniere's. I have two vertigo attacks a week, ataxia gait, where I stagger when I walk, tinnitus, ear fullness, and hearing impairment during an attack. This has led me to suffer from mild hearing loss. This is for a report...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. All your symptoms do go in favor of Meniere's disease. Let me first brief you on what happens in Meniere's disease. Our ear is divided into three components. The outer, the middle, and the inner ear, The inner ear, to be specific, is responsible for two actions. 1. ...  Read Full »

Can Eustachian tube catarrh result in earaches and hearing loss?

Query: I have Eustachian tube catarrh. At first I only had symptoms of tinnitus. Now after I pinched my nose and blew air through it quite aggressively for a few times, one of my ears ache and I have hearing loss. Why is it? What can I do about it? Please answer thank you!  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello sir, I would like to briefly explained about your condition, as Eustachian tube is the connecting tube between nasopharynx(back side inside the nose) and middle ear. Any dysfunction in the Eustachian tube can lead to hearing loss, fullness of ear,tinnitus. 1) As you tried to blow your nose fo...  Read Full »

What causes sudden hearing loss with severe ear pain?

Query: I have a sudden hearing loss all that i can hear in my right ear is what i can only describe as blood pumping like a pulsating, however i have a lot of pain with it as well.  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi! A sudden sensorineural hearing loss occuring with 24 hrs is a medical emergency and has to be evaluated and treated accordingly. Any treatment initiated after 48hrs becomes less usefull and doest bring desired results even with full course of treatment and hence its vital that you get yourself ...  Read Full »

Is hearing air needed for unilateral moderate high-frequency hearing loss?

Query: I am 23 years old, white female who is 5'7" and 250lbs. I participated in an auditory processing research study virtually and the researcher recommended that I get my hearing tested and I was showing some high frequency hearing loss. I got my hearing test and it showed my right ear was normal but m...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Audiologist, Speech Therapist

Answer: Hello, I saw your audiogram. So as you can see the hearing has been marked over various loudness levels.The normal range of hearing is 0 to 23. So in your case as you can see your threshold till 4k are well in the range of normals. now a lot of people do get a dip at high frequency areas of 6k and ...  Read Full »

When there was no direct impact on the left, what caused the sensorineural hearing loss?

Query: I suffered a traumatic brain injury (close head skull fracture), falling from a height of 15ish feet and landing on the right side of my head. It resulted in some hearing loss (sensorineural & conducive on right; strictly sensorineural on the left) and caused tinnitus in both ears. When there w...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi! Thanks for briefing about the problem in concern. You would have probably developed a temporal bone fracture due to the fall. Temporal bone fractures are divided into longitudinal and transverse (an old classification) or otic capsule sparing /involving ( new classification). The reason for t...  Read Full »

Is hearing aid the only option for 60% hearing loss in a 5-year-old kid?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 5 years old. She has a problem with hearing in long distance and her speach ability is also not up to her peer group. We consulted an ENT and pure tone audiometry was done. We found hearing loss in both ear 60 %. Doctor advised to use a hearing aid. My elder daughter i...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I want to ask you certain questions before I jump into further investigations. Is your husband your close relative or is he from distant family (consanguineous marriage)? Did you observe there was developmental delay in any other form? Example delay in sitting with ...  Read Full »

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