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  • Can't hear well on both sides but one side (left / right) is worse

  • Hearing problems

  • Deafness worse on the left or right

  • Deafness

  • Hearing loss worse on the left

  • Deafness worse on one side

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


Hearing loss describes the difficulty in hearing. It may affect one or either ear and may affect only certain frequencies.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Hearing difficulty

Possible Causes

  • Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease

    This disease occurs when the body's own immune system accidentally attacks a particular type of pigment cells called "melanocytes". The eyes are often affected, causing blurring of vision, flashing lights, or floaters. Other areas that can be affected include the inner ear, causing loss of hearing. The surface layer of the brain can also be affected, causing headaches and neck stiffness.

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are needed for growth, development and metabolism.

  • Hearing loss

    Hearing loss can be partial or complete. It could be a result of eardrum damage, damage to the hearing bones, inner ear or nerve damage, birth defect, trauma, disease, tumors, certain medication, exposure to loud noise or due to aging.

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Shingles
  • Perilymph fistula
  • Cerumen impaction

  • Otitis media

Related Serious Diseases

  • Mumps

    A highly contagious infection with the Mumps virus.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have hearing problems?

  • Do you feel that there is a large difference in your hearing between left and right ear?

  • Do you have ear pain?

  • Do you have ear discharge?

  • Do you have a fever?

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