Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:
- Do you have trouble hearing out of one ear or both?
- Do sounds seem distorted in one ear?
- Are sounds different between your two ears?
- Is the hearing loss getting progressively worse?
- Do you have difficulty understanding others when they are talking? For example, do you have trouble hearing people on the other end of the telephone?
- Do you have ear pain?
- Have you been dizzy or lightheaded? If so, does it seem as if the room is spinning?
- Do you feel unsteady when you walk?
- Have you heard ringing or unusual noises in one or both of your ears?
- Do the muscles on one side of your face feel weaker compared to the other side?
- Is there any weakness of your face?
- Have you lost your ability to taste certain foods?
- Have you had headaches? Nausea? Vomiting?
- Have you had double vision or unusual eye movements?
Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:
- Ear, nose, and throat exam, including a screening test of your hearing in each ear
- Neurological exam
Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:
- Audiometry (formal hearing test) by a certified audiologist
- Brain-stem auditory evoked potentials
- MRI or CT scan of the head
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