Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:
- Is your hearing loss on one side or both?
- For how long have you noticed the problem?
- Has your hearing loss been getting worse over time?
- Do you have difficulty understanding other people when they speak?
- Do you say "what?" a lot?
- When you turn on the television, do others say that it is too loud?
- Have you had any kind of ear surgery?
- Have you flown in an airplane recently?
- Do other people in your family have trouble hearing?
- Do you hear ringing in your ears?
- Do you suffer from dizziness or loss of coordination?
- Have you had multiple ear infections in the past?
- Do you currently have an upper respiratory infection (for example, a cold) or other infection?
- Have you had any head injuries or strokes in the past?
- Are you taking any medications?
Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:
- Examine your ears, nose, and throat.
- Test your balance, coordination, and walking.
Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:
- Test your ability to hear.
- Formal hearing testing by an audiologist (hearing specialist)