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Hearing Test

Hearing tests evaluate one's hearing ability. In a hearing test, quiet and loud sounds of different pitches are played in headphones worn by the person. These sounds are played in both ears and then in a single ear at a time. Sometimes some intense dialog-rich sounds are played, and the person is asked to repeat those words or sentences. Based on these tests hearing loss is categorized as mild, moderate, moderate to severe, severe, and profound. Hearing loss up to 25% normal in adults.

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Why do I face right ear fullness and background noise?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having right ear fullness and it started several days ago. Last night I awoke due to a pulsating pain in my right ear. I hear some background noise and in silent environment, it is most evident. Is that fine? I had Bell's palsy 2.5 months ago on the left side and again, a month ago o...  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are having sensorineural hearing loss. It is in early stage and mild. So, you are having pulsation in the ear. Another important thing is bilateral Bell's palsy. It is not common. Having facial palsy is not good and the developing sensorineural component suggests tha...  Read Full »

Based on my MRI report, kindly let me know how worse my hearing loss is.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37-year-old man. I recently had an MRI for chronic, progressive unilateral hearing loss. My physician (ENT) ordered a brain MRI with contrast. His office called a week ago to state that there were several abnormalities but would not expand on that information. I have been referred ...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The paraventricular punctate hyperintensities can be suggestive of small vessel ischemic changes or also think over the possibility of demyelinating disease like multiple sclerosis. But these do not seem to be the reason for hearing impairment. Do you have any associate...  Read Full »

My kid underwent hearing test. Please review her reports.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has been holding her ears for almost four months, but recently it has gotten worse. When she holds her ears, she holds them so hard she shakes. She screams and cries. She had four hearing tests done, and the results came back to each test as noisy. When I asked the doctor w...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you reported about four tests which were these four tests and their details. The term noisy comes in the OAE (otoacoustic emission) test only. Further, whatever symptoms you are mentioning about your daughter can either be sudden tolerance issues to loud sounds, it ...  Read Full »

Does my air conduction threshold and bone conduction threshold indicate SSCD?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with SSCD. I am attaching two hearing tests to this, taken four months apart. Does the air conduction threshold and bone conduction threshold indicate SSCD? Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The diagnosis of superior semicircular canal dehiscence is given based on the clinical grounds and CT (computed tomography) scan. Your hearing tests spread over six months are somewhat similar. There are a mild worsening of thresholds at very low (250 Hz) and very h...  Read Full »

I have a lot of confusion regarding my recent hearing test. Kindly help me.

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask a question about my recent hearing test. I want to confirm whether it is normal. My audiologist told me that my hearing was within normal limits. But the ENT specialist reviewed it and told me that there is a fraction of hearing loss. According to the report, I have hearing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are two classifications in the degree of hearing loss. So according to the first one, it is normal, and according to the second one, there is minimal hearing loss. Please mention the problems faced related to ears. On considering the threshold levels at each frequen...  Read Full »

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 the OAE method. At first, both the ears did not respond, and in the second screening, the left ear was perfect. But, there ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed 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 inner ...  Read Full »

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