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Hearing Problems

Hearing loss can be partial or complete. It is termed profound deafness. In the partial hearing loss, the intensity of the sound needs to be raised for an individual to hear. The three types of hearing loss are conductive, sensorineural, and mixed. In conductive hearing loss, the sounds fail to transfer from the outer to the inner ear. Problems with the auditory nerve, cochlea, brain, and inner ear cause sensorineural hearing loss. Mixed hearing loss involves both conductive and sensorineural hearing losses.

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I have been having hearing loss which I noticed while asking people to repeat themselves often especially in noisy environments. Should I see a doctor?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having hearing loss. I have been noticing that I have to ask people to repeat themselves more often, and I have difficulty understanding conversations in noisy environments. I am worried about my hearing, and I am going to see a doctor to get it checked out. Kindly give your sugges...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. Regarding your symptoms of hearing loss, you have the following diagnosis: hearing impairment due to nerve conduction. Have you had any ear discharge, injury, family history of hearing loss, upper respiratory infectio...  Read Full »

I have ear trouble with left ear fluid, persistent hissing noise, difficulty hearing, and cracking when blowing my nose. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am currently experiencing trouble with my ear. Specifically, my left ear seems to have fluid accumulation. I have started taking a second round of steroids, starting with a dose of 60 mg for five days and then gradually tapering down. For the past five days, I was on a less effective...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your description, it is possible that you are suffering from serous or secretory otitis media. If available, it would be helpful if you could attach the pure tone and impedance audiogram for further evaluation. In the meantime, I recommend the following: 1. ...  Read Full »

Does ringing in the ears affect hearing ability?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a continuous ringing sound in my right ear for the past two years. And because of that ringing sound, my hearing capacity has reduced in that ear. I have visited many doctors but did not find any effective solution to this problem. I also underwent an audiometry test in the pas...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You have tinnitus, a disease of the internal ear that occurs due to degenerative changes in the hair cells in the cochlea. There are so many factors behind it that have to be sorted out. The factors may be complications of metabolic diseas...  Read Full »

I have a sinus infection with a sore throat. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, Recently during vacation, I suffered from a sinus infection with a painful sore throat, mostly left side. I had two flights and experienced horrible pain in my left ear during the descent. The left ear felt blocked or muffled throughout the week of vacation. I started Amoxicillin. Return ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have to use nasal decongestant drops, not sprays. Lie down on your back, put your head lower than your body position, put one drop of the decongestant in each nostril, and stay on your back for two minutes. Use the drops twice daily for five days, then tell me the res...  Read Full »

I can hear my breathing in my ear. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I can hear my breathing in my ear. I think it might be a patulous eustachian tube. I tried some nasal drops, but they did not help that much. But when I sit and sleep, everything becomes normal. I can hear my voice in my ears. I am assuming it is a patulous eustachian tube. When I sit or ...  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. First, we must determine whether the cause is a patulous eustachian tube. Hearing one's breath sounds, heartbeat, and voice can be in a few conditions like dehiscence of the superior semicircular canal, vestibulocochlear fistula labyrinth, or p...  Read Full »

My son has an arachnoid cyst and hearing issues. Help us.

Query: Hello doctor, Should I get concerned about my eight-year-old son who was suffering from an arachnoid cyst measuring 16 mm that appear on the median aspect of the middle cranial fossa? We requested and asked for magnetic resonance imaging as the last one was taken 12 months back. He also has had hear...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I agree with the radiologist that your son's symptoms do not seem to be related to an arachnoid cyst, because it is too small. In my opinion, this is an incidental finding. I would suggest a periodical follow-up...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about the aggravating ear pain that leads to ear fullness, jaw pain, and distorted hearing?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an earache, and I can hear myself breathing. Then it aggravates ear fullness, jaw pain, and distorted hearing. What could be the reason? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay. B. K.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I have a few questions, 1. Do you have pain in both ears or only one ear? 2. Do you notice any ear discharge? 3. Do you have tooth decay? 4. For how many days have you been experiencing these symptoms? 5. Did it start...  Read Full »

I cannot hear when people speak in a low tone. Can you please review my audiometry reports?

Query: Hi doctor, A few months back, I observed that I could not hear people speak in a low tone. Also, I was very well aware that I could listen to motor running sounds in my left ear for more than one year. I approached an ENT who said the ears were blocked and needed cleaning. Even after getting the ear...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. We need to find the cause of the conductive hearing loss. First, we need to study the audiometry report and see which frequencies have got affected and to what level. For the same, it is imperative that you upload the audiometry graph as well as...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest some solutions for muffled hearing?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask when I pull the lobule of my ear or the place where earrings are placed. My ear becomes muffled, then when I push it back, it becomes normal again. This happened after I accidentally let the shower water in my ear, and I tried to do the vacuum technique to let the water out...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The most common reason for having this problem can be due to the accumulation of wax. When you pull your ear, there could be some obstruction that makes your hearing muffled, and then when the ear is set straight, the hearing gets restored. I wo...  Read Full »

I developed tinnitus suddenly. Kindly go through my MRI and suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, I developed tinnitus all of a sudden last year. I am attaching the last year MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) images for your evaluation. Of late, I have some muscle pull in my calves. I am waiting for your evaluation.  Read Full »

Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have analyzed your MRI images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are age-related minor changes in the scan. But nothing is alarming in the scan. The tinnitus which you have can be because of isolated eighth nerve or inner ear involvement.Do you have...  Read Full »

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