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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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 icliniq.com. 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 »

I have swelling at the side of the neck, hearing loss, tinnitus, and swollen tongue making eating, talking, and sleeping difficult. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have swelling at the side of the neck under the ear with intense pain while eating, biting, and chewing. I have hearing loss, tinnitus, and swollen tongue, making eating, talking, and sleeping difficult. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Prathish Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. I reviewed your symptoms and the picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). As you said, there is swelling on the left cheek below your ears. The possibilities could be salivary gland inflamma...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to get surgical correction for otosclerosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with otosclerosis of left ear at age 42. Thirty years later, I am now 72 and wonder if the condition has likely progressed and/or if surgical correction is still possible or advisable. I have good hearing in my right ear. I recently had a wax impaction in the right sig...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Otosclerosis often causes mixed hearing loss and can cause a maximum hearing loss of 60 to 70 db hearing loss which can be serviced to a good degree by doing stapedotomy. However, aging often causes presbyacusis that is an age-induced hearing loss which is neural and...  Read Full »

I have partial hearing loss due to otitis media. Is my hearing loss permanent?

Query: Hi doctor, I had otitis media in my left ear about 3 to 4 months ago. The otitis media infection cleared up after several antibiotic courses of treatment. My primary care physician prescribed Flonase nasal spray twice daily. This week I have an appointment with an ENT specialist. I am worried becau...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As I can see, you had suffered otitis media three months before, and I suppose it was only one episode? There are two types of otitis media acute and chronic. Acute usually lasts between 2 and 3 months. And, in relation to your current con...  Read Full »

The ear drops went in excess inside my child's ears as I did not use the dropper properly. Will he have hearing loss after this?

Query: Hello doctor,I took my 3-year-old child to the doctor as he had an ear infection and a small hole in the eardrum. They prescribed ear drops. I did not use the dropper properly, and a lot of medicine went into his ear. I got a lot out by turning him and using a tissue. I have read that this antibioti...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not worry because I know you are apprehensive about your child's hearing. The drugs which cause hearing loss are called ototoxic drugs. Many of them affect the hair cells of your inner ear. Sofradex contains Framycetin, which is an aminoglycoside antibiotic. ...  Read Full »

Why do I experience clogged ears, pulsatile tinnitus, and hearing loss after a head injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I suffered a mild head injury six days ago. My ears got clogged after I hit my head. They still feel clogged, and I have occasional pulsatile tinnitus in my left ear. As a result, I have had hearing loss for a few years. Is this something that can happen after a head injury? I asked ab...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you said, your hearing loss before the incident is called presbycusis. Recent trauma of yours has caused a subarachnoid hemorrhage in the temporal region on the right side. The temporal lobe is mainly responsible for your hearing and its processing. Do you have clog...  Read Full »

Is it possible for mild hearing loss to reverse by itself?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had a hearing test which indicated mild hearing loss at the 4k Hz level. The audiologist said not to worry about it at all, protect my ears and it will very unlikely worsen. He even mentioned that it may reverse itself. I am only 32 years old, so I understand any recording abo...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the reports indicated (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there is a dip at 4k which indicated a noise-induced hearing loss. Many people suggest that it is not a thing to be worried about, however, we cannot neglect it completely. There are...  Read Full »

Does arachnoid cyst cause hearing loss in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, 4 years old had an MRI for hearing loss. The report impression: Left mastoid and middle ear effusion. But my question is they listed left frontal region arachnoid cyst with adjacent mass effect. They are getting another MRI ordered and an appointment with a neurologist. I have looked ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read carefully your question and would explain that the dizziness is not related to the arachnoid cyst. You should know that arachnoid cysts are usually asymptomatic and they are present since birth. Anyway, sometimes if they grow, they may lead to seizures or moto...  Read Full »

My hearing has been worse since my middle ear surgery a year back. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had middle ear surgery about a year ago. It was a revision stapedectomy, replacing the prosthesis. Earlier that year, I had tympanoplasty in the same ear. My hearing has been worse since the last surgery. I had a feeling that it would get worse, and a full hearing test recently confi...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. From what I understand, you have a tympanoplasty, following which you underwent a stapedectomy surgery, from which the hearing has deteriorated even further. In my opinion, the final verdict of the hearing is co...  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

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. Unilate...  Read Full »

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