Hearing loss

What is Hearing loss?

Hearing loss, also known as hard of hearing, anacusis, or hearing impairment, is a partial or total inability to hear. In children hearing problems can affect the ability to learn language and in adults it can cause work related difficulties. --> Deafness is typically used to refer to those with no or only little hearing.

Hearing loss may be caused by a number of factors, including: genetics, old age, exposure to noise, some infections, birth complications, trauma to the ear, and certain medications or toxins. A common infection that results in hearing loss is chronic ear infections. Certain infections during pregnancy such as rubella may also cause problems. Hearing loss is diagnosed when hearing testing finds that a person is unable to hear 25 decibels in at least one ear. Testing for poor hearing is recommended for all newborns. Hearing loss can be categorised as as mild, moderate, severe, or profound.

Half of hearing loss is preventable. This includes by immunization, proper care around pregnancy, avoiding loud noise, and avoiding certain medications. The World Health Organization recommends that young people limit the use of personal audio players to an hour a day in an effort to limit exposure to noise. --> For many hearing aids, sign language, cochlear implants and subtitles are useful. Lip reading is another useful skill many develop. Access to hearing aids; however, is limited in many areas of the world.

Globally hearing loss affects about 10% of the population to some degree. Some within this community view cochlear implants with concern as they have the potential to eliminate their culture. The term hearing impairment is often viewed negatively as it emphasis what people cannot do.

Questions and answers on "Hearing loss"

it has been 3 month since I fell at work had a subanoid hematoma, concussion and blood behind ear drum having problems with hearing loss and shoulder problems my question is should my head where I hit still be sore and have a knot on it also yes I was unconcusis for a few minutes and don t remember anything and have also lost sense of smell

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Hi ! Good evening. I am Dr Shareef answering your query.

If I were your doctor, with your kind of history, I would advise you for an MRI head and brain to rule out any chance of a residual hematoma specially with a history of loss of consciousness and amnesia. Further management would depend on...

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Hi Doctor: I have a temporary loss of hearing that comes and goes. I was hit with ultra high frequency that you can not hear. The cause is a temporary feeling of hearing loss like the ear is full of water, or plug up. When I scratch around the ear and down the neck I get the sound of a echo in the ear. What do you think the frequency is doing? affecting the nerve, the blood artery , or the muscle

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hello and welcome to HCM,

Since you basically have a hearing loss that is causing discomfort to you i would suggest you do these:
1. Get an audiometry done, both pure tone audiometry and impedance audiometry to understand the nature of your hearing loss and also to confirm the diagnosis and...

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i am 25yrs female. i have hearing loss of 60db. this is sensorineural loss. This problem is increasing nowadays. and i am 2 months pregnant also and worried, do my baby also get same problem. but my parents did not have this problem. my elder sister is having same problem, but her loss is nearly 80%. my mother s father had this problem. So looking for suggestions to take precautions to protect my baby from this problem.i consu;lted three ENT specialists, they advised to go for hearing aids . but i am not happy to use it. is there any other treatments for this.

doctor1 MD

Hello Soumya,
Some forms of hearing loss are definitely inherited, while others are not.

Genetic forms of hearing loss must be distinguished from acquired (non-genetic) causes of hearing loss. The genetic forms of hearing loss are diagnosed by otologic, audiologic, and physical examination,...

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Hello, Our peadiatric surgeon has suggest my 5 month old baby boy to have injectable antibiotics of Advent 150Mg and Amikacin 100 mg thru IV. My baby was diagonised with inflammatory pathology on his left, which shows that there is a minimal peritesticular fluid. Is it safe to give Amikacin ? As i hear that this would lead to hearing loss and kindney problems. Such kind of messages do scare us? We are desperate to have our baby normal. Is there any chance of such side effects arising at a later stage of his age ?

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Hello
Welcome to health care magic forum
Short course of 5-7 days don`t have many side effects .if there is need than it is nothing to worry.Hearing loss & kidney problem arise after prolonged use.
Wish you good health
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I heard that hearing loss or slight loss causes death

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Brief Answer:
Absolutely not.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Slight hearing loss (Presbyacusis) is common after the age of 40-50 years (just like the deterioration of near vision).

2. Hearing loss does not lead to death.

3. Get an ear examination and a PTA (Pure Tone Audiometry...

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Hi Doctor: I have a temporary loss of hearing that comes and goes. I was hit with ultra high frequency (300mhz to 400mhz) that you can not hear. The cause is a temporary feeling of hearing loss like the ear is full of water, or plug up. When I scratch around the ear and down the neck I get the sound of a echo up the nerve in the ear. How is the frequency closing up my ear so I can't hear? affecting the nerve, constrict the blood artery, or constrict the muscles.

doctor1 MD

Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Hearing loss is classified as conductive or sensorineural. Conductive hearing loss is caused by anything that decreases the transmission of sound from the outside world to the cochlea (this is part of the ear that is actually the end organ in hearing)....

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Can Medications Cause Hearing Loss
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Hi, I am taking several drugs for a heart condition (Coumadin, Amiodorone, Pravastatin, Carvedilol, Terazosin, Diovan, Aspirin). Is it possible that heart drugs can cause hearing loss? If so - is the hearing loss permanent?

Thanks for your help. XXXXXXX

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Hi

Thanks for the query

Yes, certain drugs taken can cause hearing loss. The hearing loss can be either temporary or permanent depending on the type of drug used.

In the list of the drugs mentioned by you, aspirin is one of the medications which have got the potency to cause hearing loss. Toxic...

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I am 40 years old male and I was diagnosed with profound sudden SNHL in my left ear 2 weeks back. Since I had dizziness and vomitting, consulted the ENT on the next day of hearing loss and received 64 mg ZEMPRED for 3 days and 32 MG ZEMPRED for 7 days and it is being tapered currently. On 9th and 13th day of hearing loss, I also took IT. This is the 14th day and I still do not have any improvement. I also took Complamina and Acyclovir for a week. Is there a chance I will be able to recover? How long will it generally take for a recovery? Any other alternate therapy I can look for? Thanks to let me know.

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Sudden SNHL is a difficult situation .
Even after oral steroids you have no response then you can go for Intratympanic Steroid therapy ie putting steroid injections in middle ear .
You also need to have MRI scan to rule out any lesion pressing over the nerve.
Continue consultation with...

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Recent questions on  Hearing loss

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Hi, I am 49 yrs old female .I have regular headache at the right side of my head.I consulted Dr. & he informed me of having migrane problem.Simultaneously i have pain in my right ear & little hearing loss.The doctor cleaned the ear but their was only little relief,pain was still there.Also since last 4 days ,I am suffering from bleeding nose from the right nostril.after consultation i was informed that there is swelling & botch from which bleeding is there.I am wondering whether these syptoms are Individual or corelated to each other indicating any disease since all the symptoms persists on the right side only i.e right side of head,right nostril & right ear. Kindly suggest

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Hi, Since past 7 months I am experiencing Tinnitus in my right ear with partial hearing loss. Though I have consulted many doctors & taken advised medication for the same (no cancer detected in Brain MRI, Audiometry Tests show almost 60% hearing loss, Complemina Retard continued for almost 3 months), yet the problem still persists. I do not feel any nausea / headache / dizzy / anything else. I wanted to know if this is curable at all and if so then what are kinds of treatments options available ? Thanks in advance. Regards, Nitin

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I am 26 years age,male.I have hypothyroidism as well as hypertension. Recently I have developed Bilateral SNHL(Sensorineural hearing loss). I take Thyronorm 50 and Tenormin 50 daily. Are they medicine side effect? Recently I have started taking Telma 40. Is it safe?

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In November I was diagnosed with Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss in my L ear, which included dizziness and bizarre tinnitis symptoms. I had oral steroid treamtent with no success. I had a procedure to place steroids into the inner ear with significant improvement in hearing, though still impaired. this was followed by continued ear pressure, terrible tinnitis, off and on headaches and fatigue. i was treated with antibiotics for 20 days and things improved, but ear fullness and lesser tinnitis persisted, with intermittent headaches and fatigue now returning. Hearing loss is still annoying, I can't use a phone on my L side and can't hear speech in a room with more than one person in it. Will this ever improve? Is there anything further that can be done?

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