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I keep losing hearing in one ear then it comes back a few seconds to a minute later what could cause this?

I keep losing hearing in one ear then it comes back a few seconds to a minute later what could cause this?

Wax or eardrum: Several things can cause loss of hearing. Problems with the brain, the nerve, and the bones that conduct hearing usually don't come and go. Fluid behind the eardrum, retraction of the eardrum, or wax in the ear canal are causes of hearing that comes and goes. ...Read more

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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


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I keep losing hearing one ear and it has loud ringing. It only lasts a few seconds & doesn't hurt. It has happened 3 times today. Should I be worried?

I keep losing hearing one ear and it has loud ringing. It only lasts a few seconds & doesn't hurt. It has happened 3 times today. Should I be worried?

Hearing loss/ringing: Many things can cause both hearing loss and ringing but should be examined by physician especially if it occurs only on one side and together. ...Read more

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Hi, my audioligist said I have a conductive hearing loss in one ear. 2k on up and is 80 decibel loss. I had this for 4 years. What can cause this.?

Hi, my audioligist said I have a conductive hearing loss in one ear. 2k on up and is 80 decibel loss. I had this for 4 years. What can cause this.?

Many reasons: It can be related to middle ear fluid, fixation of your hearing bones, or loss of integrity of your hearing bones. It may also be related to chronic infection. To determine the exact cause, you need to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Is an acoustic neuroma always the cause of high frequency hearing loss in one ear only with tinnitus, in 19yr old?

Is an acoustic neuroma always the cause of high frequency hearing loss in one ear only with tinnitus, in 19yr old?

No: High frequency hearing loss may be secondary to noise, inefection, or inherited. Hearing loss in one ear should be evaluated by an ENT doctor to determine cause ...Read more

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Reduced hearing in one ear, occasional mild pain and slight occasional popping when I swallow and sensitivity to sound. Hearing loss, infection or fluid?

Reduced hearing in one ear, occasional mild pain and slight occasional popping when I swallow and sensitivity to sound. Hearing loss, infection or fluid?

Allergies?: Taking all the symptoms into account, you may have allergies. In addition, you may have a deviated nasal septum which would explain why your symptoms are predominately on one side. And ENT physician visit will be a good idea. ...Read more

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If I have hearing loss in one ear is it possible that the other gets better?

If I have hearing loss in one ear is it possible that the other gets better?

No: In fact, one-sided hearing loss causes a loss of spatial discrimination of sound, which makes understanding speech in crowded situations more difficult. The brain will actually lose this capacity with disuse, so the best treatment is to amplify the failing ear with a hearing aid. The sooner, the better. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus in one ear with no hearing loss be fixed?

Can tinnitus in one ear with no hearing loss be fixed?

Depends on the cause: There are many different things that cause tinnitus. I recommend you see an otolaryngologist for a full evaluation. Be prepared with your medical ; surgical history and write down ahead of time all the medications (even herbals ; vitamins) that you're taking. Plan to discuss when your problem started and the quality of the tinnitus (high-pitched? Rushing sound? Continuous? Rhythmic? Etc...). ...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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Sudden hearing loss in one ear for a few seconds. Is this anything to worry about?

Sudden hearing loss in one ear for a few seconds. Is this anything to worry about?

Sudden loss hearing: If it only occurred for a few seconds, not likely of any concern. If it recurs, worsens, or lasts longer- then you need to seen ENT specialist asap. ...Read more

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Experiencing high pitched noise followed by pressure then hearing loss in one ear regularly.

Experiencing high pitched noise followed by pressure then hearing loss in one ear regularly.

High pitch: You MUST make an appointment to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor!
All should go well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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What does an ENT do when you come in with sudden hearing loss in one ear?

What does an ENT do when you come in with sudden hearing loss in one ear?

A hearing test: The first step is to determine the type and severity of the hearing loss by testing in a sound proof booth. The doctor will also examine and clean the ears. Many types of sudden hearing loss require urgent treatment. Call an ear, nose and throat specialist today. ...Read more

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Feeling dizzy and everything sounds funny in my head. Cause for concern? A few weeks ago I had a cold that made me lose my hearing in one ear for days

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Feeling dizzy and everything sounds funny in my head. Cause for concern? A few weeks ago I had a cold that made me lose my hearing in one ear for days

Anxiety, see a PCP: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include chest pains, parasthesia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can getting water in one's ear when showering cause damage/hearing loss?

Shower water in ear: Getting water in one's ear during shower will not cause a middle ear infection or hearing loss. A very distant possibility is an external ear infection like in swimmer's ear. ...Read more

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Blocked ear when I put my head back which causes hearing loss, clears when I lean forward. Keep getting dizzy spells & ringing in my ear. Am I ok?

Blocked ear when I put my head back which causes hearing loss, clears when I lean forward. Keep getting dizzy spells & ringing in my ear. Am I ok?

Serous otitis media: You are describing symptoms of fluid behind the ear drum which moves when you move your head forward and backwards. Change in hearing, dizziness and ringing in your ears all can be caused by this condition, serous otitis media. Vertigo is caused by an inflammation of the semi-circular canals behind the ear drum and resolves when treated. See your physician for treatment. ...Read more

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I have a neck mass. All results have come back fine. I'm also losing hearing in my left ear. The mass is behind miscle in left side of neck. I am very concerned about this. It doesn't hurt. I have had it for a year or more and it's getting bigger over tim

I have a neck mass. All results have come back fine. I'm also losing hearing in my left ear. The mass is behind miscle in left side of neck. I am very concerned about this. It doesn't hurt. I have had it for a year or more and it's getting bigger over tim

Neck mass: The only definitive diagnosis of any mass is to have it biopsied. There are lymph chains in your neck area, so depending on where it is, it may be simply a benign lymphadenopathy, but again, as stated, the only definitive diagnosis is made by biopsy. An ENT Doctor would be able to perform a therapeutic and diagnostic excisional biopsy of the area if warranted after an examination. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sometimes my hearing in one ear will go out as if I were underwater, and after a few moments it will come back. Advice?

Sometimes my hearing in one ear will go out as if I were underwater, and after a few moments it will come back. Advice?

Eustachian tubes: Sounds like (no pun intended) there is a pressure-equalization issue in your middle ear (s), likely due to eustachian tube malfunction. Sometimes decongestant can help improve this (if no high blood pressure), or afrin nasal spray if high BP issue. If not improving w/med, then see ear-nose-throat dr for evaluation. ...Read more

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Lost the majority of hearing in one ear from ear infection. Will it come back when cured?

Lost the majority of hearing in one ear from ear infection. Will it come back when cured?

Hearing should: Most often hearing loss during an acute ear infection is due to fluid in the middle ear space. This usually resolves and hearing returns to normal after treatment. A follow up visit for an ear recheck and hearing screen is warranted ...Read more

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I get dizzyness and headaches and when I lay on my stomach it feels like pressure in my head also feel like I lose my hearing in one ear even tho I don't I can still hear any ideas what this could be??

I get dizzyness and headaches and when I lay on my stomach it feels like pressure in my head also feel like I lose my hearing in one ear even tho I don't I can still hear any ideas what this could be??

Positional headache: Any time a headache changes with position it is a hood idea to get checked out just to be sure everything is normal in your brain. The feeling of fullness in the ear is also somewhat atypical for a regular migraine so I would be sure to ask your doctor about an mri. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection that has caused pressure and loss of hearing in one ear. Almost done with zpack and predisone (1 day left). What is next step?

I have an ear infection that has caused pressure and loss of hearing in one ear. Almost done with zpack and predisone (1 day left). What is next step?

I'd give it time: If you are just finishing your zpac you are early in the recovery process. All purulent otitis media will have transient hearing reduction in the involved ear for up to 2-4 wks. If your symptoms are gradually improving, no action is needed. If the symptoms are unchanged, a revisit with your pcp is in order. ...Read more

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Can tilting my head back causes vision and hearing loss?

Can tilting my head back causes vision and hearing loss?

See a doctor ASAP: Your description is a concern. Almost sounds like concussion like symptoms. I would not hesitate seeing a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Tilting my head back causes vision and hearing loss. What should I do?

Tilting my head back causes vision and hearing loss. What should I do?

See a doctor soon.: This may be a sign of vertebralbasilar insufficiency syndrome - this means the blood vessels in the back of the neck supplying the brain may be compromised and you could be at risk of stroke. Be seen soon. ...Read more

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Sometimes one ear will ring and I will lose my hearing for a moment. What does that mean?

Sometimes one ear will ring and I will lose my hearing for a moment. What does that mean?

Time?: If this is only for a few seconds, it is probably not a problem, it it is consistently happening and for longer than a few minuts, especially if it happens in only one ear, you should see an ENT and also have a hearing test. Sometimes the ear just makes noises (tinnitus) but it can be a sign of previous hearing damage or hearing loss. ...Read more

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Lost hearing partially in one ear. What are some causes of this?

Lost hearing partially in one ear. What are some causes of this?

Many causes: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What would cause a toddler to fail hearing test in one ear and on repeat fail both ears? No congestion at the time.

Needs OAE Exam: If he does NOT have middle ear fluid on exam this concerns me. Many Pediatricians now have OAE screener tech in their office. It checks for the tiny sound that the hair cells of the cochlea make as it perceives sound. An 'oto acoustic emission' or OAE. Office tech can screen for six frequencies. If your ped's does not have one, ask for referral. Also, is his newborn hearing screen normal? ...Read more

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What could the cause temporary hearing loss in my right ear be?

What could the cause temporary hearing loss in my right ear be?

Hearing loss: Temporary or reversible causes of hearing, wax in the ear, cold, eustachiantube dysfunction, fur uncle in the ear, osteoma in the ext canal, infections of the middle ear----any of the causes, please get checked. ...Read more

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Could having something stuck in your ear cause permanent hearing loss?

Generally not: Having something stuck in the ear canal will not cause permanent hearing loss unless a complication occurs like a significant infection. This would be not common. ...Read more

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Mild right ear pain and waking up with hearing loss in same ear for 3 days. Hearing comes back to normal over an hour or so. What could this be and what should I do?

Mild right ear pain and waking up with hearing loss in same ear for 3 days. Hearing comes back to normal over an hour or so. What could this be and what should I do?

Ear pain: You MAY have an ear infection or some other situation. In any case, please see your doctor ASAP. You don't want to do permanent damage or loose hearing permanently. Peace and good health. ...Read more