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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


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Woke up with ear pain two weeks ago and have had muffled hearing since. Pretty sure it's fluid. Is this an ear infection? Should i see a doctor?

Woke up with ear pain two weeks ago and have had muffled hearing since. Pretty sure it's fluid. Is this an ear infection? Should i see a doctor?

Yes.: Decreased hearing for two weeks needs to be checked out unless it is due to allergies and responds to an antihistamine. Either way, avoid loud noises in the meantime and avoid respiratory tract/skin irritants/allergens in the environment (like smoke, fragrances, aerosols). ...Read more

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I had mono went back to the doctor and she didn't see a virus anymore.I still feel dizzy with hearing loss could this be a sinus infection from mono?

I had mono went back to the doctor and she didn't see a virus anymore.I still feel dizzy with hearing loss could this be a sinus infection from mono?

Dizzy, hearing loss: Those issues may be somewhat unrelated to mononucleosis. If you had upper respiratory symptoms with the mono, then may be related. I would suggest seeing an otolaryngologist at this point to sort things our further, get a good head/neck exam, and possibly hearing testing. ...Read more

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What does doctor do when you come in with sudden hearing loss?

What does doctor do when you come in with sudden hearing loss?

A hearing test: It depends on how long the hearing loss has been going on for. The first thing that will happen is the doctor will look in your ears and see if there's any wax or other problem that can be fixed. Then a hearing test will be performed. If the hearing loss is only of a few days duration high-dose steroids can be quite helpful. If the problem is fluid and then it can be drained. It is very important to see the ear nose and throat doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Does renerve plus tablet useful for sensineural hearing loss?? What are the uses of this medicine?? Help please Doctor...

No proof: As a dietary supplement, there is no proof of benefit/effectiveness, much less safety. When it comes to hearing loss, go see your Family Doc. ...Read more

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Hi doctor. My child has complained of suddenly hearing loss, some time he could not understand word.dr advise hearing aid after test . Please help me.

Hi doctor. My child has complained of suddenly hearing loss, some time he could not understand word.dr advise hearing aid after test . Please help me.

Sudden hearing loss: sudden hearing loss is a abrupt loss of hearing of 30 decibels or more over at least 3 frequencies on the hearing test. Acute hearing loss can be treated with steroids or observed. Some hearing comes back even without treatment. If the doctor recommended a hearing aid, I am assuming his hearing loss is older that one month. 1 month seems to be the golden window for treatment. ...Read more

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Muffled hearing over 1month doc said ears look ok only poss tmj but won't go away n jaw is fine. What could it be its horrible not hearing ok?

Muffled hearing over 1month doc said ears look ok only poss tmj but won't go away n jaw is fine. What could it be its horrible not hearing ok?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and hearing loss. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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Was sick. Went to doc. Took azythromycin and oxycodone. Blew nose too hard. Have slight ringing, muffled hearing in one ear 4 days and can't "pop" it.

Was sick. Went to doc. Took azythromycin and oxycodone. Blew nose too hard. Have slight ringing, muffled hearing in one ear 4 days and can't "pop" it.

Tha'r She Blows!!!!!: This is very common: blowing air back into your ear when blowing your nose but the overall congestion won't allow it to escape. Then after a while some fluid can collect, and then if that hangs out long enough it can become infected. If the fluid or air can be removed with decongestants you'll feel better. And be careful blowing the nose: gently, one nostril at a time. chewing gum may help too. ...Read more

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Had a nasty cold for ~ a week. Congestion worked itself to 1 ear. Lots of pressure and muffled hearing. Prone to sinus infections. Ear infection? Doc?

Had a nasty cold for ~ a week. Congestion worked itself to 1 ear. Lots of pressure and muffled hearing. Prone to sinus infections. Ear infection? Doc?

Surgery may not help: I am a doctor who suffered for years with sinus infections.do the following:
1.Avoid anything cold.
2.no soda.
3.I use Sovereign Silver spray when I feel like I am getting another attack.its safe and natural.u won't get it in Mexico :(
4.I use VICKS topically as much as I can.
5.I use a humidifier at night
6.I drink lots of water.

Good L ...Read more

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Progressive hearing loss, constant pain in the ears and doctors don't have a clue. What to do next?

Progressive hearing loss, constant pain in the ears and doctors don't have a clue. What to do next?

Hearing loss: Not sure whether you have seen an ENT surgeon. If you have such symptoms, you may have menier's syndrome, otosclerosis, acoustic neuroma - these need to be ruled out. See an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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I am having mixed hearing loss... Doctor prescribed renerve plus?? Will i get back my hearing?? Or will i become deaf in future?? I am depressed.help.

I am having mixed hearing loss... Doctor prescribed renerve plus?? Will i get back my hearing?? Or will i become deaf in future?? I am depressed.help.

Ask the Dr: The doctor who prescribed for you is the best one to provide a diagnosis and prognosis. Ask for as much info as possible including recommendations for the best possible treatment expectations. Referrals are also a good idea - for second opinions and emotional support. ...Read more

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How would an ENT doctor know that I have the diagnosis sudden sensory neural hearing loss SSNHL vs. just my tinnitus getting worse?

How would an ENT doctor know that I have the diagnosis sudden sensory neural hearing loss SSNHL vs. just my tinnitus getting worse?

Hearing test: Tinnitus is a perceived noise, caused by hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss is actual hearing g loss, diagnosed through hearing tests. The SUDDEN part of the diagnosis is based on the timing of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Sir i m suffering from hearing loss.. There is a hole in my ear drum.. Doc told me.. Will it automatically repair? Or not then what steps i will do?

Sir i m suffering from hearing loss.. There is a hole in my ear drum.. Doc told me.. Will it automatically repair? Or not then what steps i will do?

Depends: If it's a recent traumatic perforation then the likelihood of healing spontaneously is high within 6 weeks. If it doesn't heal then it will need repair. Depending on the size of the hole repair can be anywhere from simple to complex. You should have an ENT doctor following you. ...Read more

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My BF's doctor has prescribed him Defza30 for 10 days for mild sensorineural hearing loss in left ear. What does this mean? any side-effects? Source

My BF's doctor has prescribed him Defza30 for 10 days for mild sensorineural hearing loss in left ear. What does this mean? any side-effects? 

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Steroid: this medicine is a glucocorticoid which can help reduce inflammation. If there is information as a possible contributing factor to his condition, it may help. As with any medicine the side effect list is rather long. You can Google this. If he has a history of diabetes or stomach ulcers or kidney problems he should not take this medicine. Hope this was helpful. Best of luck ...Read more

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I had MRI scan of my ears TODAY. They wouldn't tell me anything after. Hearing loss in right ear. Sinister? Don't be rude like previous doctor on here

I had MRI scan of my ears TODAY. They wouldn't tell me anything after. Hearing loss in right ear. Sinister? Don't be rude like previous doctor on here

MRI: The techs who do the scan are not qualified to give you a report. The MRI has to be read by the radiologist who will send a report to your doctor. Give your doctor a call and see if they can get you a report. It usually takes at least a day or two ...Read more

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Hearing loss. Irrigation, olive oil & ear drops all failed. Any ideas doc? It's reoccurring, found out the other day I suffered /w bad ears as a baby.

Hearing loss. Irrigation, olive oil & ear drops all failed. Any ideas doc? It's reoccurring, found out the other day I suffered /w bad ears as a baby.

See ENT: You most likely have a cerumen impaction (earwax build-up). Even though you tried some outpatient therapies for ear wax build-up it is still most likely. I would see ENT though so they can assess the cause of the hearing loss. If you don't have a cerumen impaction then there can be a more significant cause of your hearing loss. Not sure what "suffered with bad ears as a baby" means. ...Read more

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Headache (constant but varies strength) tingling scalp, hiss in right ear 33% hearing loss, family doc say no wax blockage or infection.

Headache (constant but varies strength) tingling scalp, hiss in right ear 33% hearing loss, family doc say no wax blockage or infection.

Headache: If you have been cleared medically, check with your dentist about possible TMJ dysfunction which can cause similar symptoms, impacted wisdom teeth, or any other oral facial infections. ...Read more

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Ent doctor said hearing loss due to fixed bone behind ear but no scan done only a hearing test. Right ear has loss. No scan. Is this sinister?

Ent doctor said hearing loss due to fixed bone behind ear but no scan done only a hearing test. Right ear has loss. No scan.  Is this sinister?

Sounds OK: If you have conductive hearing loss on the right side only and a normal-appearing eardrum, the most likely cause of hearing loss is otosclerosis. This is fixation of the stapes bone in the middle ear. This can't be seen on scans; the most reliable way to confirm in middle ear exploration. Some ear surgeons will perform a CT to assess for other causes, but most do not. ...Read more

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Have sudden hearing loss in left ear. Went to doctor, no wax build up. Just recently got over a case of vertigo. Went to physical therapy which cured ?

Have sudden hearing loss in left ear. Went to doctor, no wax build up. Just recently got over a case of vertigo. Went to physical therapy which cured ?

Labyrinthitis: Acute labyrinthitis may result in motion sensation vertigo and hearing loss. This often resolves with time however is variable. Persistent asymmetrical hearing loss and/or persistent dizziness/vertigo requires and ENT/otolaryngology evaluation and audiogram. ...Read more

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I have hearing loss and buzzing in left ear. Symptoms persist after having ear wax removed at doctor's office 48 hours ago. Time for ent?

I have hearing loss and buzzing in left ear. Symptoms persist after having ear wax removed at doctor's office 48 hours ago. Time for ent?

Yes.: I would recommend a visit with an ENT doctor, as well as a comprehensive hearing test. The onset of symptoms and the wax removal may or may not be connected to each other--an exam and comprehensive hearing test should shed more light on the situation. ...Read more