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Can tinnitus cause hearing loss?

Can tinnitus cause hearing loss?

Related: We usually think of it as the other way around. But, there can be tinnitus with normal hearing. Get a formal hearing test from an ent/audiology team and see what's really going on. There are ways to treat tinnitus without surgery. ...Read more

Dr. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Definition)

A persistent noise in your ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, ...Read more


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Is sensorineural hearing loss progressive?

Is sensorineural hearing loss progressive?

Depends...: on underlying cause, of which there are a plethora. Don't sit on this. Get a definitive diagnosis and find out why you have it. If it is unilateral, ie one-sided, you need inner ear & brain imaging to look for asymmetric findings & evidence of possible demyelination. If it's symmetric, you may have just listened to too much loud music. Follow advice of audiologist, otolaryngologist & neurologist. ...Read more

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Is aminoglycoside-induced hearing loss permanent?

Is aminoglycoside-induced hearing loss permanent?

Yes: This is a neuro-toxic drug. The inner ear cells are neural cells that are highly sensitive to this drug... Once damaged they are like any other nerves and can't be repaired. ...Read more

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear?

Sudden hearing loss in one ear?

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 more

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Is hearing loss genetic?

Is hearing loss genetic?

Sometimes: Some types of hearing loss are inherited but others are caused by infection, trauma or exposure to loud noises. An ear specialist or otolaryngologist can help sort out the cause of hearing difficulty. ...Read more

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Dizziness, clogged ear and hearing impairment?

Dizziness, clogged ear  and hearing impairment?

Clogging of ear: Several possibilities. It depends on where the ear is clogged and why it is clogged. For example clogging of the outer ear canal with wax can cause these symptoms. Middle ear clogging can cause similar symptoms but the treatment differs. ...Read more

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Is hearing loss preventable?

Is hearing loss preventable?

Absolutley!: Some hearing loss is genetic and is not preventable. However hearing loss can and does occur with repeated and prolonged noise trauma. When in doubt... Wear hearing protection: mowing, firing weapons, avoiding loud music (headphones or not)... ...Read more

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Blackout? Temporary loss of sight and hearing!

Blackout? Temporary loss of sight and hearing!

ER visit ASAP: These are very worrisome signs and symptoms in one so young. Go to an er immediately (have someone drive you). Good luck! ...Read more

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Blackout? Temporary loss of sight and hearing!

Blackout? Temporary loss of sight and hearing!

Go to ER: If you had any of the above mentioned symptoms, i recommend going to the emergency room to rule out any life threatening conditions. Wishing you the very best! ...Read more

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Occasional hearing loss possible?

Yes: Occ hearing loss can occur when you have wax build up or a perforated ear drum and when you have a common cold. ...Read more

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What causes the hearing loss presbycusis?

What causes the hearing loss presbycusis?

Presbyacusis: Presbyacusis (like presbyopia) is a form of sensorineural deafness where it becomes increasingly difficult to understand speech. In other words speech discrimination is lost/diminished. ...Read more

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Hearing impairment from earphone?

Hearing impairment from earphone?

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

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Could acoustic neuroma cause permanent hearing loss?

Could acoustic neuroma  cause permanent hearing loss?

Yes: The majority cause unilateral or asymmetric hearing loss as the first and sometimes only symptom. This hearing loss is always permanent. ...Read more

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Who gets the hearing loss presbycusis?

Who gets the hearing loss presbycusis?

Presbycusis: Presbycusis is the normal hearing loss that comes along with age. Almost everyone if you live long enough will have some gradual deterioration of hearing. This is normal. ...Read more

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Can losing weight cure iih or pulsatile tinnitus?

Can losing weight cure iih or pulsatile tinnitus?

Yes it helps : Weight loss (for overweight/obese) individuals is recommended and generally effective in reducing intracranial pressure. If the symptoms are mild with no evidence of visual impairment, this may be enough for the headache. However, if there is evidence of visual impairment (by a specialist's evaluation), a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor is needed. In severe cases, surgical options are considered. ...Read more

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Are earaches symptoms of hearing loss and deafness?

Are earaches symptoms of hearing loss and deafness?

Not usually: Otalgia, or ear pain, can be caused by infections of the middle ear, infection of the outer ear, referred pain from the jaw, or eustachian tube dysfunction. The last item is the feeling you may get of "popping" when on an airplane as it is ascending or descending due to changes in pressure. Hearing loss and deafness can be the result of repeated severe ear infections, but this is not common. ...Read more

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Can otitis media leads to hearing loss? Reversible?

Can otitis media leads to hearing loss? Reversible?

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 more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Hearing Loss (Definition)

A partial or total loss of the ability to hear and can affect one or both ears. Causes of hearing loss include noise, genetics, ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

Ringing in ears = tinnitus = ...Read more