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What are some signs of a hearing problem?

What are some signs of a hearing problem?

Hearing problems: Turning up the tv, asking people to repeat themselves, unable to hear on the telephone, complaints of friends and relatives. These are the most common reasons people come in to have their hearing checked. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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Ndrit is almost 5y and can say only 100 words. He uses both hands same. Not diagnosed with autism. Mentally and physically is ok without hearing problems. Plays with children and is very friendly. Why isn't he talking yet?

Ndrit is almost 5y and can say only 100 words. He uses both hands same. Not diagnosed with autism. Mentally and physically is ok without hearing problems. Plays with children and is very friendly. Why isn't he talking yet?

Hard to say: This is something that a developmental pediatrician and/or a speech and language specialist should evaluate. In the US this is routinely done as part of the "Chile Find" program operated by public schools for kids as young as 3. ...Read more

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What can I do to help my hearing problem besides hearing aids?

What can I do to help my hearing problem besides hearing aids?

Depends: What is the cause of the hearing problem, how long has it been present, etc. Strongly suggest you see an ENT doctor who can assess the condition and devise the best plan for individual management. ...Read more

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7yr old says he doesn't hear me or dad until we are yelling, I could there be a hearing problem or is he so engrossed that he just tunes out?

7yr old says he doesn't hear me or dad until we are yelling, I could there be a hearing problem or is he so engrossed that he just tunes out?

Either: From the information provided, there might or might not be a true hearing problem. A formal hearing test (comprehensive audiogram) may be helpful. ...Read more

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How do I fix my hearing problem?

How do I fix my hearing problem?

It depends: It depends on the type of the hearing loss and the severity. Hearing loss can be due to nerve damage and hearing aids often help. Hearing can be due to problems with the ear drum or ear bones in which often surgery is the answer. Sometimes both surgery and hearing aids are needed. See ENT for help. ...Read more

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What can somone do about a hearing problem?

What can somone do about a hearing problem?

See specialist: See the ENT MD and take it from there. Many folks do extremely well with the newer hearing aids. Go and see for yourself. Why not let life be better with improved hearing? Good Luck. ...Read more

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Does diabetes contribute with hearing problem?

Does diabetes contribute with hearing problem?

Hearing loss: It can due to adverse effects on the cochlear hair cell microcirculation. Can have tinnitus for same reason. ...Read more

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How can I know if my baby has a hearing problem?

How can I know if my baby has a hearing problem?

Audiogram: Worried about your baby's hearing? Exam by a pediatric ENT is best, followed by audiogram (hearing test) by a pediatric audiologist, will get you the facts. A pediatric audiologist can test the hearing system of any age baby or child. ...Read more

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My sister has a hearing problem. They told her that the nerves are a little damaged. I feel that the things that help her to hear better are harming her more. What should I do?

My sister has a hearing problem. They told her that the nerves are a little damaged. I feel that the things that help her to hear better are harming her more. What should I do?

Discuss w specialist: Most treatments that are used to help hearing are not harmful. However because you have not listed what interventions have you concerned- it is difficult for me to be able to give you an adequate assessment. Thus I recommend yu sit down and discuss your concerns with the audiologist/ent. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hearing problem during pregnancy?

What is the definition or description of: Hearing problem during pregnancy?

Hearing loss: Anytime you have a hearing loss you are not hearing words and sounds as well as you could be. You may be asking folks to repeat themselves often or you may find that you have to concentrate more or look at people more than you used to when they are talking to you. Try a dial tone on the phone, does it sound the same in both ears? See an ear nose and throat doc and they can check it. ...Read more

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I have decreased my hearing function since I have flu, but after the flu ended the hearing problem still exist, how can I fix it?

I have decreased my hearing function since I have flu, but after the flu ended the hearing problem still exist, how can I fix it?

Fluid in the ear: You might still have fluid in your middle ear after you had an upper air way infection or flu like symptoms. You need to see an ENT to be evaluated especially when you are still symptomatic. It would takes several months for the fluid to go away by itself and you also have an increase risk of middle ear infection if fluids are there. ...Read more

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I have some type of hearing problem, who can help?

I have some type of hearing problem, who can help?

2 different doctors: An ENT doctor or an audiologist. Preferably both working as a team. ...Read more

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Why do a lot of people who have hearing problem deny it?

Why do a lot of people who have hearing problem deny it?

Denial of deafness: Some people do deny their inability to hear, especially the ones losing hearing overtime. Best persons recognizing the loss are the immediate relatives living with. There is no point confronting them, as they may become defensive even get paranoid and angry. They should join deafness forum groups etc., to get to know their disability and deal with it. ...Read more

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My father does not have hearing problem but he is not able understand telephonic conversation. Age 52. He gets very councious while on call. Plz help?

My father does not have hearing problem but he is not able understand telephonic conversation. Age 52. He gets very councious while on call. Plz help?

Hearing: It could still be a hearing issue, in that his ability to understand what he hears is down. We call this speech discrimination. With the trouble he is having, the first step would be to get a comprehensive hearing test from an audiologist. Depending on the results, he may need other tests such as an auditory processing exam to check the pathways of hearing from the ear to the brain. ...Read more

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Will a hearing problem cause my baby to have a developmental delay?

Will a hearing problem cause my baby to have a developmental delay?

YES: Hearing is a crucial part of language development. Expressive and more important receptive language is strongly associated with learning. If your child appears to be having problems speaking, understanding speech or not responding to sounds, please have him/her seen by a doctor and or an audiologist. Long term hearing deficits could create long term sequalae. ...Read more

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I feel I can't catch some words in gossips and if person speaks using loudspeaker. Is it lack of concentration or hearing problem? I stuck in speaking.

I feel I can't catch some words in gossips and if person speaks using loudspeaker. Is it lack of concentration or hearing problem? I stuck in speaking.

Word discrimination: It sounds like a problem with "speech discrimination" in which one may have adequate sound reception but impaired discernment of speech. This is a recognized hearing nerve dysfunction. An audiologist or Otolaryngologist may help you evaluate this. ...Read more

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I hv hearing problem due to old age &fact that I taught in airforce planes flew each 5 mins. Docs say u ll hear wind etc if u use instruments solution?

I hv hearing problem due to old age &fact that I taught in airforce planes flew each 5 mins. Docs say u ll hear wind etc if u use instruments solution?

Hearing aids: Sounds like you have a nerve hearing loss. There is currently no surgery or medicine to correct that so hearing aids are your best option if you or your family/ friends are bothered by the amount of hearing loss you have. Get them fit by someone experienced and that will minimize some of the problems of hearing wind etc. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
643 Doctors shared insights

Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more