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Hearing Loss

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What was the cause of your hearing loss? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Markuam, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 26

I got my hearing loss after going to a concert. I was on the upper right side of the stage and a group from the back pushed me into the amplification system. I was lucky to find an article on soothing the pain and bumping tinnitus that I had in my head, but I don't think I'll ever be the same.

Comment from: Laurel, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I have problems hearing some women's voices (when low tone) and hearing group discussions in particular room locations. I have recently been to an audiologist. A booth test indicated left ear some loss of hearing. Hearing aid of a style to be outside the ear was recommended for both ears. I am electro-hypersensitive and a computer adjusted or battery-in-ear hearing aid would not be workable. I have had severe reaction to such devices. Perhaps this condition of diminished hearing in the one ear is due to old age (however, why just one ear). Some history which may or may not be relevant: a year ago December I underwent surgery. Maybe the type of drugs used. About 3 years ago, smart meter replaced analog electric meter. One evening, a short time after smart meter was installed, I walked by the meter and was painfully stunned by an unseen force which hit my left ear and/or jaw just under the ear. The discomfort lasted for some days/weeks before seeming to clear. At various times since, the left jaw area seems, I might describe it, as inflamed (tense, slightly warm, irritated). Two audiologists recently seen have both readily recommended over-the-ear hearing aids without any discussion of the jaw problem relating to or influenced by occurring jaw discomforts I have been experiencing. I wonder if jaw injury influences hearing. Also, beyond audiologist, I would like to find out what specialists might be helpful to my condition/s.

Comment from: Singlesaadlady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

When I was 7 years old I was injected with streptomycin due to illness. Gradually when I was in my teen years and up to now I find it is very hard for me to understand what people are saying. I can hear them loud but the words are not clear.

Comment from: HearingGal, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 04

My mother's hearing loss affected me since I was a teenager. She would always have the TV on too loud, and did not enjoy movies or restaurants because she complained they were 'too loud.' We struggled with it her whole life and I wish she were less stubborn enough that she sought help sooner. I urge people to take action! The cost of hearing loss is a huge thing that daughters and sons have to shoulder and bear with; don't have them wait till it is too late.

Comment from: moondog, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

I was a Weapons Specialists in the US Army during the war in Viet Nam. I ruptured my ear drum while firing mortars. I was 19 years old in 1968. I am 63 now. My hearing is substandard.

Comment from: tmi, Female (Patient) Published: July 31

Two days after receiving Tdap vaccine lost my hearing, same thing happened to my friend. Prednisone did not help her, but perhaps she waited too long. I went to the doctor in less than a week so hope prednisone works.

Comment from: Granny V, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I suffered hearing loss after firing a pistol. It happened immediately as soon as the gun went off. I was in an enclose area. It happened about three weeks ago. My doctor put me on Prednisone, but so far it has not helped.

Medically reviewed by Peter O'Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine

REFERENCE:

"Evaluation of hearing loss in adults"
UpToDate.com

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