Q. I have tinnitus in one ear more than the other. Could this mean I am slowly losing my hearing?

Answered by
Dr. Asif Manzoor
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on May 16, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 28, 2020
Please give me a meaningful response as i cant aford to reply and i am scared that i am slowly losing my hearing or something. I have had tinnitus in my ears for about 7 months now and it sounds kind of like T.V. static and its not loud so its okay, but today my phone emited a very high pitch sound and i closed one ear and then opened it and closed the other ear and noticed that i could hear the high pitch sound much better in one ear then the other. Could this mean im slowly losing my hearing. About months ago i got a hearing test done, but i dont have the results, but they said my hearing was amazing. Even now i have no trouble hearing at all. So what is happeing with the high pitch noise. Why can i hear it better in one ear then the other?
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Hi. Welcome to Icliniq.

There are different causes of Tinnitis (ringing in ears) like Infections, loss of cells, inflammation, advancing age or few other diseases of inner ear. At your age hearing loss is less common unless having a disease. there are two possibilities

  1. Ear which hears high pitch is affected (hyperacusis= hearing loud or tinnitis)
  2. Ear which hears low that is affected (decreases hearing)

So, to two differentiate which ear is abnormal few test are done by Audiometerist/ENT specialist to make final diagnosis. i would suggest you to get examined by an ENT specialist and he will perform necessary test and manage appropriately.

You are welcome for any further queries. Have a blessed day. GOD BLESS YOU


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