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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   sudden loss of hearing in my left ear
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi. 2 mornings ago, after going out to a nightclub, the next morning I awoke with diminished hearing and pressure in my left ear
User :   my right ear also seems to be slightly affected, but not as much as my left
User :   i waited 2 days, thinking it was some congestion or something, but there has been no improvement
User :   hi dr oberoi
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please
User :   i am male, 27 years old
Doctor :   ok and is this has happened for the first time ?
User :   yes, i do not recall anything like this before
Doctor :   any buzzing noise in the ear ?
Doctor :   or ringing ?
User :   no, not particularly. just a sense of pressure.
Doctor :   ok now let me tell you whats going on here
Doctor :   what you have is called NOISE INDUCED HEARING LOSS or NIHL
Doctor :   Acoustic trauma occurs when any excessive sound energy strikes the inner ear. If it is brief, the noise may cause a reversible, temporary hearing loss, technically known as a temporary threshold shift. For example, after a loud rock concert, it is common to experience hearing dullness and ringing in the ears for several hours.
Doctor :   for you now its been 2 days
Doctor :   so you need to see a ENT physician who will conduct a audiometry test to see whats the extent of the loss
Doctor :   there are medications
Doctor :   which will cure it
Doctor :   if the damage is not much
Doctor :   steroid medications are the most commonly prescribed and if the injury is less then the recovery is 100 %
User :   ok i see. so this will not disappear on its own?
Doctor :   no it should have in few hours
Doctor :   but if its there more than 24 hours you have to see the ENT doc
Doctor :   also you must realize that your ears are sensitive and you should not further expose them to loud noise like in concerts
Doctor :   that can lead to permanent damage
Doctor :   as for now in your case medications will be sufficient
Doctor :   but you do need to be careful next time
User :   i see, ok i will contact an ENT physician. one last question, how time sensitive is it? should i push for an appointment very very soon, or is waiting a few days all right?
Doctor :   i will recommend not to delay it, and get a appointment soon
User :   i see. ok thank you very much for your help
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   you too, thanks
Doctor :   good bye

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