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I heard somewhere that the type of earwax you have is linked to your risk of heart disease. Can that be true?
Earwax helps keep the ear canal clean, but if it dries out it can clump together and cause a blockage. A few drops of water held in the ear canal for a minute or so will usually dislodge the wax.
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?
Ear, nose, and throat exam, including a screening test of your hearing in each ear
Audiometry (formal hearing test) by a certified audiologist
Brain-stem auditory evoked potentials
MRI or CT scan of the head
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?
Examine your ears, nose, and throat.
Test your balance, coordination, and walking.
Test your ability to hear.
Formal hearing testing by an audiologist (hearing specialist)