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Hearing impairment for few weeks. Outside noise seems mute, difficulty in listening to own voice. What could this be?

This past few weeks I have Been hearing as if my head where in a pillow 1/2 way pressed against both ears ...When I talk it seems I can not hear as well,... and outside noise as cars going by seem muted and have no definition or high end >>>! Some light ringing however not over-powering all is just muffled...I am concerned as I have "Great Hearing and this is a surprise to me...! What are your thoughts? ?
Regards Clayton...PS., I do not at this time have the fee of even 15.00 Unemployed and concerned what to do...I guess I'll need to wait till I've another job to get some help...Sorry
Asked On : Wed, 1 May 2013
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Well, you seem to have a peculiar situation where you cannot meet a doctor! I can just help you by giving you some understanding about hearing loss. There are two types of hearing loss. One is conductive deafness caused by conditions as simple as wax in ear and due to various middle ear problems (which usually has other associated symptoms such as discharge from ear if infected). The other is sensorineural deafness which is due to problems in inner ear and beyond in the nerves going from ear to brain.

Ideally you need to be examined and few tests have to be performed. At this stage, if you decide to only wait and watch, I would suggest few precautions. Stop any self medications as there are many medicines which could affect the nerves. Avoid exposure to loud noise. I do not know how it works in your country - but try meeting a doctor either in emergency department or in a clinic.

Answered: Fri, 3 May 2013
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