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Hearing Loss From Gunshots
Multiple factors: Hearing loss in the elderly may be multifactorial. Presbycusis is the gradual loss of hearing associated with aging. Other factors may contribute, including but not limited to noise exposure (whether it be recreational, occupational or from firearms), heredity and other medical conditions. Recommend he see an ENT specialist and obtain a hearing test to assess the degree of loss. ...Read more
Possible: It is important to listen to audio coming through headphones at a moderate volume. If you cannot hear the things around you, you are listening too loud. And be sure to take a break from the headphones every now and then. ...Read more
Will hearing aid use prevent further damage and hearing loss for someone with sensory neuronal hearing loss?
Perhaps.: I would maintain that the answer is "maybe". There is at least the suggestion that if you restore stimulus to the auditory cortex via the current hearing aid technology, that part of the brain that has been deprived of input can actually improve it's function. The brain has "plasticity" and might well slow or even arrest additional hearing loss if incoming signals are restored. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Depends on the pathology and what type of surgical intervention necessary. ...Read more
Various reasons: Sudden hearing loss- what was the reason? Loud explosion can rupture ear drum or permanently damage the hearing apparatus. This can also cause annoying ringing in the ear- tinnitus. Or you may have something called menier's disease. You need to get checked by an ent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Read faa guidelines on airport noise.Get a more detailed answer ›
Tinnitus from explosion- severe ringing. Prescribed by ENT-prednisone day 4- hearing loss confirmed. Will the ringing ever stop?
Ringing: Great and tough question. Hard to know. Noise induced ear trauma can go on for a long time. Putting you on prednisone was a good idea in view of the hearing loss. Avoid aspirin, caffeine ( in large amounts), chocolate and ibuprofen which can make it worse. hang in there ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get hearing tested!: See your ENT physician for evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
A fluctuating : Conductive hearing loss may cause a child not to discern correct pronunciation of words, causing speech (articulation) delays. There's still debate re: whether it causes delays in receptive (language comprehension) & expressive language ( verbalization of thoughts/ideas). Persistent delays in babbling/talking after pe tubes are placed require evaluation for a neurodevelopmental disorder & therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Presuming no trauma: Don't sit on this. In most cases the cause is never figured out (called idiopathic) but the known causes are serious, ranging from nerve infection, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, a mass, migraines, or vascular events like a stroke. You need imaging and immediate treatment which would be provided at the discretion of the clinician. The rapidity & unilateral presentation are concerning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please help me differentiate between hearing damage / tympanic membrane perforation symptoms. A gun was fired near my ear today. Certain hearing loss.
NIHL.: Most likely noise induced hearing loss. This sometimes happens when sound pressure exceeds the 120dB range - OSHA allows up to 140 dB single exposure. Sometimes this will get better over a few hours / day. Cannot rule out a rupture of the tympanic membrane. You need a good exam and visit with an expert to see if there are any options or need for repair. Maybe Magnesium? ...Read more
It can : Yes it can. Conductive hearing loss is a form of hearing impairment due to a lesion in the external auditory canal or middle ear.Untreated chronic ear infections can lead to conductive hearing loss; draining the infected middle ear drum will usually return hearing to normal. Development of cholesteatoma-related to chronic otitis media- can also lead to hearing loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Hearing loss is the result of either disorders of the middle ear or the inner ear. The balance mechanism is different. Although balance disorders can be associated with a hearing loss such as Meniere's disease, the hearing loss does not directly cause the balance disorder. The cochlea (hearing organ) and the vestibule (organ of balance) are2 separate anatomical organs. ...Read more
Hearing loss: If you're asking because this group tends to listen to their ipods and iphones at higher volume than many other groups & attends concerts with high-decibel music, then yes, good possibility. ...Read more
Gradual HF loss: Many people will experience gradual bilateral high frequency loss with age. In some the loss will become severe enough that it interferes with ability to discriminate voices or hear in general. Some hearing loss is clearly attributable to noise exposure, but some is likely genetic as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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