Hearing Loss

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  • Can't hear from my right ear

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

  • Can't hear from my left ear

  • Hearing loss worse on one side than the other

  • Have trouble hearing

  • Deafness worse on the left or right

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

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

  • 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)

    Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo develops when calcium crystals get trapped within the semicircular canals, a part of the inner ear that controls balance. Typically only one ear is affected. It's characterized by sudden vertigo (feeling of instability and that the room is spinning) due to sudden changes to the position of your head.

  • Shingles
  • Perilymph fistula
  • Cerumen impaction
  • Otitis media

Related serious diseases

  • Tinnitus attack

    Episodes of tinnitus is when someone experiences ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears intermittently. It is usually caused by an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, an ear injury or a problem with the circulatory system.

  • Mumps
  • Sudden hearing loss

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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