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What are signs of hearing loss?

What are signs of hearing loss?

Hearing loss: What did you say? Could you say it again? I couldn't hear you! Sorry, I couldn't resist! In all seriousness, you'll notice hearing loss when you can't understand spoken word, find yourself straining to carry on conversation, missing out on key parts of movie, radio & other entertainment. Or your partner/friend/family might repeatedly tell you to turn that darn thing down. Start w/your Family Doc. ...Read more

Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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How could you fake a hearing loss?

How could you fake a hearing loss?

Malingering: Faking medical symptoms for some sort of gain is known as malingering. Most doctors would not want to support that effort. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Hearing loss?

What are the risk factors for Hearing loss?

Many: Risk factors for hearing loss include aging, genetics (family history), noise exposure, infections, some drugs (medications), and some illnesses. ...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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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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Is there a cure for hearing loss? |

Is there a cure for hearing loss? |

Yes and no: There is no magic pill that will cure hearing loss (hl). Classic hl is due to aging and hearing aids can help us cope. If the hl is due to chronic infections or other diseases, then surgery might be helpful. If you have absolutely poor to no hearing, an ENT can surgically place a cochlear implant in your inner ear to help you hear. In some, steroids have been used with some success. ...Read more

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Can thalassemia cause hearing loss?

Can thalassemia cause hearing loss?

Maybe if excess iron: Thalassemia carriers (thalassemia trait) probably have the same chance of hearing problems as non-thalassemia persons have. However, thalassemia patients with severe anemia who need regular blood transfusions will get iron overload. Iron overload may cause some hearing loss. The treatment for iron overload is chelation therapy, which can cause hearing loss. ...Read more

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Can thalassemia lead to hearing loss?

Maybe if excess iron: Thalassemia carriers (thalassemia trait) probably have the same chance of hearing problems as non-thalassemia persons have. However, thalassemia patients with severe anemia who need regular blood transfusions will get iron overload. Iron overload may cause some hearing loss. The treatment for iron overload is chelation therapy, which can cause hearing loss. ...Read more

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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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Could TMJ cause permanent hearing loss?

Could TMJ cause permanent hearing loss?

Probably not: Afaik there is no correlation between permanent hearing loss and TMJ disfunction. ...Read more

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What exactly is peripheral hearing loss?

In the ear: Peripheral means not in the brain. Peripheral hearing loss is hearing loss caused by damage to the ear or nerve conducting the hearing to the brain. ...Read more

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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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Any connection with MS and hearing loss?

MS: Can produce hearing loss. Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials can sometimes help distinguish between hearing loss due to central pathway disruption and more peripheral causes (as might occur in the setting of s[read of infection from Mastoiditis) Ask your neurologist about BAER testing. ...Read more

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How and how comees TMJ cause hearing loss?

Subjective only: TMJ patients often have "subjective" hearing loss. When tested, the hearing is actually normal. Why ear symptoms with TMJ? Controversial. Likely because the ear and TMJ are adjacent to each other. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has hearing loss?

How do I know if my baby has hearing loss?

Hearing test: If your baby was born in south carolina a hearing test was done before they left the hospital. You should be able to tell if your baby turns towards noises or is startled by a loud noise. If not, talk to your doctor about having their hearing retested. ...Read more

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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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Could idebenone help reverse hearing loss?

Could idebenone help reverse hearing loss?

Maybe: There is a suggestion that idebenone may help sensorineural hearing loss, but additional studies need to be done before I can recommend therapy. Best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is hearing loss due to stress is permanent?

Is hearing loss due to stress is permanent?

May be reversible: See an ear, nose, and throat specialist and go through audiological testing, as many hearing loss problems can be helped. ...Read more

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What do you mean by conductive hearing loss?

What do you mean by conductive hearing loss?

Bone loss: Sound from the air is transmitted through a mechanical system (ear drum, ear bones) into a fluid system of the inner ear that then activates a neural system (electrical). The electrical system is what is responsible for neural hearing. The ear drum and ear bones provide the conductive hearing. Damage to the ear drum or ear bones (ossicles) leads to conductive hearing loss. ...Read more

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Can kanamycin be used to treat hearing loss?

Can kanamycin be used to treat hearing loss?

No, it can CAUSE loss: Kanamycin is in the class of antibiotics known as aminoglycosides. All are potentially ototoxic, some affect hearing more than the balance and others the opposite. These medications would never be used to treat hearing loss. ...Read more

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How can you prevent age related hearing loss?

How can you prevent age related hearing loss?

Ear protection: Most hearing loss can be prevented by hearing ear plugs when exposed to loud noises or keeping the volume down while listening to music while wearing headphones. If you cannot carry on a conversation while listening to your earphones, the noise is too loud. Your ears will thank you later. ...Read more

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Do childhood earaches cause hearing loss later?

Do childhood earaches cause hearing loss later?

Depends: One problem in the pre-antibiotic era was a condition where the ear bones became immobile because of chronic infections. There is even a specialty of ear docs who would replace them. With today's availability of meds and monitoring this is seldom a problem. Any time they have a middle ear infection there is a transient decline in hearing, but it usually returns to baseline after it clears with rx. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent or avoid hearing loss?

Hearing loss: Hearing loss occurs for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons we can control and others we cannot. First, if you have a genetic or inherited form of hearing loss, there really isn't much you can do, except get a hearing test and use hearing aids, if necessary. On the other hand, one of the most common causes of hearing loss is from noise exposure. Control this by ear plugs or avoidance. ...Read more

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Hearing loss in a young child, how to help her?

Hearing loss in a young child, how to help her?

Get hearing test: Make sure you have a good hearing test. Then see an ENT to see if anything can be done. Depending on the loss, may need hearing aids or other devices. ...Read more

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What is the incidence of hearing loss in infants?

What is the incidence of hearing loss in infants?

0.1-0.3 %: The most accurate estimates from universal neonatal screening programs place the rate of bilateral hearing loss (greater than 35 db) at 1.4 to 3 per 1000 live births. In more than half of them the deafness is inherited. ...Read more

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Can someone with a hearing loss become audiologist?

Absolutely: Hearing loss does not have to limit your professional options. If you're interested in audiology- go for it. ...Read more

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What are some problems of progressive hearing loss?

What are some problems of progressive hearing loss?

Isolation: Social isolation is the biggest problem with progressive hearing loss. Fortunately, most people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids, and some types of hearing loss can be treated medically or corrected surgically. ...Read more

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Could I have gotten hearing loss from being a singer?

Hearing loss: This is not a likely cause. You should have a through evaluation of your hearing by a specialist to determine the cause of your hearing loss. You must attempt to limit any further loss. ...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