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 had pain, wetness in my ear, and muffled hearing. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past three days, I have had pain in both my ears, especially the outer ear. Also, I had wetness inside the ear and swelling around the ear; therefore, my hearing was muffled. I had been taking Tablet Augmentin, but they it does not seem to work for me. Kindly suggest some other...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I would like to know: Do you have any discharge from the ear? Did you use any ear drops? Is there any previous history of the same complaints? Kindly revert for further queries. Thank you.   Read Full »

What causes sudden hearing loss with severe ear pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a sudden hearing loss. I can hear blood pumping like pulsating in my right ear with lots of pain. Previously, I had a stroke, TIA, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, bipolar disorder, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Currently, I am taking Amitriptyline 50 mg at night, Atorvastati...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a medical emergency and it has to be evaluated and treated accordingly. Treatment taken after 48 hours will not produce desirable results even after taking the full course of treatment. Hence it is important to take treatment immed...  Read Full »

How to enhance my 68-year-old mother's hearing problem?

Query: Hello doctor,My 68 year old mother has a hearing problem. I understand it is due to her age but is there any device which can enhance the hearing in her case?  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are various causes for hearing problems. Among them, the most common one is an age-related hearing loss known as presbycusis. If hearing loss is significant and confirmed by an audiological examination such as pure tone audiogram, she can use hearing aids. Hear...  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. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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. ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for an ear infection with a foul odor, blood stains and hearing difficulty for 15 years?

Query: Hello doctor,One of my close ones has had an ear infection for more than 15 years. He underwent surgery for the same, which involved clearing the infected bone from the back of the ear, and was advised to get a device or an implant which I am not sure of, to aid hearing, but he failed to follow up. ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. The possible reason for these symptoms is a bone-eating disease called cholesteatoma, in which the ear bones get eroded and infected with a discharge, hence having an unpleasant odor and can leave blood stains. W...  Read Full »

I need to have dental work done. Will it worsen hyperacusis?

Query: Hello doctor,I suffer from hyperacusis. I need to have dental work done and I am scared to death that the sensitivity will get worse. I keep reading opposing opinions on wearing ear plugs and ear muffs. If I have an IV sedation, my ears are still getting the noise from the drill. I do not know what...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Dental work up will not increase hyperacusis. It may cause a radiating pain to the ears. Ear plugs or muffs do not help. In fact, they may worsen the symptoms. Did you undergo any hearing tests prior to taking an IV sedation? Revert with more information to an audiolog...  Read Full »

I have hearing loss due to piston in the ear. Please check my audiogram results.

Query: Hello doctor, I got a piston in the right ear 30 years ago. I am 58 years old and 84 kg weight. I feel hard to hear now. I have attached my recent audiogram result details for your reference.  Read Full »

Dr. Noble Inasu Manjaly

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the available information, it seems to me that you might have a condition called otosclerosis. Otosclerosis is a condition in which there is abnormal bone growth in the ear which prevents the sound vibrations from being conducted adequately from the external ear to...  Read Full »

What can be the cause for delay in responding and chewing problems in a 2.5 years old child?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 2.4 years old. He has still not started talking. He also does not follow instructions; hence it is very difficult to make him sit and teach him how to talk. He does not even follow us when we talk to him or try to make him learn or focus. He rarely responds to his name, when ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your history, I have a few queries. I am unable to make out if the hearing of your child is normal or not. This seems to be the most likely problem I feel. Because you have mentioned that he loves to watch and listen to songs, please make sure that the child is abl...  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 images for your evaluation. Of late, I have some muscle pull in my calves. I am waiting for your evaluation.  Read Full »

Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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...  Read Full »

Do repeated head injury cause recurrence of labyrinthitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I need help addressing labyrinthitis. About a month ago, I was at soccer practice and heading the soccer ball a few times. A soccer ball actually hit me in the eye, and a few days later, I noticed floaters in the eye, but eventually, it went away. Then about two weeks ago, I listened to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Labyrinthitis is not because of getting hit on the head. However, such trauma can cause otoconia to get dislodged and lead to symptoms of vertigo. These otoconia are present in the inner ear (labyrinth) and are like small sensors of balance. Such a condition is called B...  Read Full »

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