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What is asymmetrical hearing loss, how do you test for it?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: One hear is worse

Audiometric testing can identify an asymmetric hearing loss.
That is one ear is worse then the other. We see this often in hunters who use a shot gun. If it is not related to noise exposure, you need to see an ENT doctor for diagnosis.

In brief: One hear is worse

Audiometric testing can identify an asymmetric hearing loss.
That is one ear is worse then the other. We see this often in hunters who use a shot gun. If it is not related to noise exposure, you need to see an ENT doctor for diagnosis.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: Hearing loss

Asymmetrical hearing loss just means that one has bilateral loss of hearing one worse than the other. Testing is with audiometry.

In brief: Hearing loss

Asymmetrical hearing loss just means that one has bilateral loss of hearing one worse than the other. Testing is with audiometry.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: One ear hears better

In asymmetrical hearing loss (hl), one ear hears much better than the other. A formal audiogram (a hearing test done in a soundproof room) is the best way to test for hl.
The test will tell ents if you have a conductive loss (transmission of sound is blocked), a sensorineural loss (hearing nerve isn't working), or a mixed loss. Ents classically evaluate patients with asymmetric hl.

In brief: One ear hears better

In asymmetrical hearing loss (hl), one ear hears much better than the other. A formal audiogram (a hearing test done in a soundproof room) is the best way to test for hl.
The test will tell ents if you have a conductive loss (transmission of sound is blocked), a sensorineural loss (hearing nerve isn't working), or a mixed loss. Ents classically evaluate patients with asymmetric hl.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
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