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    Age Related Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can occur for a number of reasons, but the two most common are conductive hearing loss, where sounds are prevented from entering the ear (normally due to a blockage) and sensorineural hearing loss, which is a complicated way of referring t… Read more →

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    Earwax

    A mixture of natural secretions that form a protective coating over the skin that lines the ear canal, preventing it from drying and cracking. Excessive earwax can cause painful blockages and temporary hearing loss. Read more →

  • Surfer's ear

    Surfer's Ear

    Surfer's Ear is caused when the ear becomes partially blocked with bony tissue, and it’s most commonly caused by exposure to cold water. Read more →

  • Goldenhar Syndrome

    Common characteristics include facial and ear abnormalities, breathing problems, deafness, heart, lung, kidney and eye health issues, feeding problems and spinal and rib abnormalities. Read more →

    6yrs ago I sufferred a sudden hearing loss to 1 ear to which no cause could be found I have tinnitus in that ear but total loss of any other hearing therefore no aid can be used . My main problem is I cannot distinguish where sounds come from and am very wary of going out alone. A couple of weeks ago I had the same sensation in my good ear as when I lost my hearing in the other. I do have other medical conditions one that has affected my eyes and lungs . Would I be elligible for the operation that is featured on tonights show .





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    hi im 30 female and at the end of last year i lost hearing in my left ear when i went to the doctor he said it was a boil and burst it by the nest morning i lost my balance and past out i was taken to hospital and started having fits i was rushed in and had brain scan and tests i was in allot of pain now i am getting a green discharge and pain loss of hearing





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    Hi I wear two hearing aids for minor hearing loss. For over a year now I have suffered from tinnitus and have a tinnitus aid. When i go upstairs I feel really sick, I get a horrendous pain in my head and I have to go to bed. I have asked my ENT specialists numerous times if I may have menieres disease but they seem very reluctant to do anything about it. I am 22 and I am having to look for a house without stairs and when I go out shopping etc.. I have to look for escalators / lifts because I just cannot face the consequences of going up the stairs. I am fine with heights so I know it is not a phobia of heights. Please help!





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    I have menieres disease and I wouldn't wish this on anyone. My hearing is effected and I have tinitus. My main problem is the virtigo as it just comes from nowhere and the room spins. I really do hope this isn't what you have got.

    I had the swine flu jab and the normal flu jab in February and the next day i suffered from a popping sound in my ears. I then lost most of my hearing in my right ear then a few days later the same happened to my left ear. I went to the doctors and he said that i must of had a cold and my ears were infected and gave me a course of anti biotic's. The problem still persisted so went back and he gave me some steroids which i took and the problem has still not gone. He has said that i now have to have an operation which will insert a grommet in to my ear drum. The question is will this problem go away naturally and if not is there anything i can do with out having an operation as i know this will mean permanent hearing loss? Any further info u can give will be appreciated as all the information i have got off the internet hasn't been that helpful.





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    After hearing tests I have been given hearing aids, which work quite well, but during the tests I had a bone conduction test which meant that I could hear everything loud and clear! Is this type of hearing aid not available on the NHS? Comments would be appreciated.





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    Hi im a 21 year old male. Basically i have a loss of smell and taste problem. It started 4 months ago when my hearing canals become blocked, and also my throat become full of green flem. I went to the doctors and she told me i had a viral infection and couldnt do anything about it and had to wait till it just passed through. Well now its 4 months later, my hearing canals have become unblocked along with my throat, its just my nasel passages which are blocked and its a never ending amount of snott which comes out. Along with this i have also lost my sense of taste and smell.Sometimes when i swallow my ears become blocked again. What do i do ? please help. Regards Oli





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    Hi. i am 17 years old and i suffer with a bit of hearing loss in my right ear. All the time i ask people to repeat themselves and when i have my right ear covered, the sound is very restricted and i will not be able to understande what people are saying to me. It just sounds like they are whispering. I have suffered with this for as long as i can remember and i wondered if there is anything i could do.





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    Have you talk to your parents about it because the wanna take you to the hospital and after you go to the hospital and they say your hearing is bad then you need or I would go to the hearing places because they will give you another opposition and they are good people you in a while you have to keep on checking on your hearing aids no you can't wear them in the water and sometime I have them in bed but not good because you van lose them and batteries will die quick when you sleep with them in

    you could go to the hospital

    Hi There I have been a Meniers sufferer for about 8 years. This has left me with reduced hearing, for which I have hearing aids. I also suffer from Tinnitus and hyperacusis. The tinnitus manifests as a constant high pitch scream in both ears (about top C) that sounds like the screech when a child is first learning the violin. I have seen hearing therapists in two regions and the message is the same "it is something you just have to live with". I have tried noise generators, relaxation therapy and acupuncture but nothing helps. Is there no real help out there ? John





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    My mom is 62 years old and has a serious hearing problem. How can she get free hearing devices? Do South African government health facilities offer that? Please help.





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    I am seventeen years old, I have had constant and recurrent ear infections in both ears for the last eleven years. My ears become blocked with thick sticky fluid which varies in colour from clear to dark brown - it oozes out overnight and often smells quite pungent. I loose hearing in both ears and they are painful to touch. I prevent all water from entering my ears by wearing silicone earplugs. The hearing loss is beginning to affect my ability to concentrate in college and I recently had to do a music exam with both ears completely blocked. The pain and oozing prevent me from sleeping (on bad days I take up to 2500mg of painkillers per day). When there is not pain there is constant itching. Recently I have started to hear a faint but constant whistling. I have had every drop, spray, and cream available (I have even been prescribed nasal cream to put in my ears). After having my ears syringed for the sixth time, I was referred to an ENT specialist who performed numerous 'Micro-Suck' treatments, but nothing can clear the infection for more that around eight days. I know that the infection is in the outer ear, but I'm not sure if there is anything in the inner ear, although a while ago it felt like my Eustachian tube was blocked. Is there anything else that I can do to either get rid of the ear infections all together, or reduce the impact that it has on my hearing?





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    I am 61 & have loss of good hearing since I was 8 or nine, NHS will not do anything for me as they say I have adequate hearing in the other ear, I have been written off on quite a few times, the last one about 18 months ago. They gave me a hearing aid that just makes the sounds I can hear,'louder'! which I have found to be of no use. My bad hearing causes me sooooooooo many problems & bad feelings as people think I being rude when I cant enter into a conversation. Please please let me know more about this hearing aid.





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    I have Beneign Paryosimal positional vertigo i am on medication for this, my balance is increasingly affected i have also noticed im having to turn my head and leaning in to hear people when they are talking to me, im concerned i have suffered some hearing loss and im scared it could be Meneieres desiease. I have told my doc im concerned about hearing loss he just told me to go to my optitians for a hearing test... Help??





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    I am 50 and have had a hearing problems for many years but it bacame savere 4 years ago. I have 2 hearing aids from the NHS. My left ear hearing has now completely gone. I am desperate to find an aid that can help. I did not see the program about the hearing aid but it sounds good. Can you let me know where I can obtain one and what its is called. I am so ashaimed about my hearing loss and I feel very issolated and am concerned that my good ear which isn't great is getting worse.





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    How severe is your hearing loss? If it is severe or profound, a cochlear implant could work better for you than hearing aids. I gradually lost my hearing from when I was 16-18. I had a cochlear implant last year and can hear with it far better than I ever did with a hearing aid. You could also ask for your hearing aids to be adjusted or to try a different type of hearing aid is some people get on better with different ones and also if you have lost hearing since you last had your hearing aid adjusted it might not be at the right levels.

    I too suffer from this type of hearing loss, had hearing test but just the tones not the spoken words, this was only a year ago and was told to live with it as there is nothing they can do! where can i get this hearing aid? as it is driving my family crazy having to repeat everything they say or be silent when other people ask me something!





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    my wife is uffering from the same problem and would like to find out where we can go for advice on digital hearing aid

    I am a 30 yr old male.I lost my hearing 10 years ago and the doctors that I have seen have never been able to find out why..I feel completely dissatisfied that nobody will help me as somedays I can hear better than others. I did visit a hearing specialist and he told me I had the hearing loss of a 80 year old man! I have 2 hearing aids but they don't really make a difference but deep down I feel someone out there should be able to help me, It effects my everyday life and my young family I love spending time with my 2 boys but really struggle to hear them!





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    How severe is your hearing loss? If it is severe or profound, a cochlear implant could work better for you than hearing aids. I gradually lost my hearing from when I was 16-18. I had a cochlear implant last year and can hear with it far better than I ever did with a hearing aid. You could also ask for your hearing aids to be adjusted or to try a different type of hearing aid is some people get on better with different ones and also if you have lost hearing since you last had your hearing aid adjusted it might not be at the right levels.

    at the ages of 13-15 to say i was a bit of wild child is an understatement i was off the rails,in the duration of heavy drinkin and smoking of cannabis id blast loud music, i now have rather poor hearing more in my left than right and i keep hearing high pitched noises im only 18 and its very scary and anoyin sometimes as on a few ocasions ive gone to take a nap at my boyfriends and my 17week old daughter has aparently been screaming down stairs and other people who are upstairs and without offence a lot older than me can hear but i cant.please help is there anything to help the loss of hearing and noises i keep hearing





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    Hi there I have been diagnosed with a severe hearing loss in one ear and I am ok in the other. This happened in the space of a couple of weeks and was told it was one of those things. I find this very frustrating and isolating. I have got an nhs hearing aid but do not find it helps as it amplifies all other noise and not what I need to hear; the only benefit is that it drowns the tinitus a little. Would it be worth looking at a digital hearing aid?





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    My heaing loss seems to be inherited as both myself and my sister have the same problem, (inherited from my father). It drives my husband mad having to repeat himself over and over again when I can't understamd him. Is it possible to have a camera put down the ear to see if there is a problem? I also have Hydrochephalus, 3 shumnts and a Tectal Plate Glioma. Could this be part of the reason for the hearing loss? I am almost 51!, and yes I have been told I should bave been dead long ago. I bet your thinking I've got more problems than hearing aren't you! But I'm still here and I'm not ready to go yet. Thanks.





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    My wife suffers from this type of hearing loss and the hospital told her that they can nothing for her but this was twelve to fifteen years ago, the hearing aid shown on the program seems to be just what she needs, where is it available please.





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    I suffer from Bilateral high frequency sensorineural hearing loss, which is also stressful when in a room or area where a lot of background noise occurs. I would also like to know if the hearing aid that the gentleman was fitted with is available on the NHS?





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    I am a 28 year old female, with genetally good health, about Month ago i developed Bad cold/virus,.and during this developed very loud ringing and partial hearing loss in both ears! To say i am worried would be an understatement, have paid private to see an ENT specialist and he is refering me for an mri test, as audio test came back normal! Strangely! But i am experiencing loud hissing noises and low frequency hearing loss! Ii really dont want this to be permanent but as time goes on i am losing hope! Can anyone help with advice! ! Thank u xxx





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    Hi my name is Dennis i read your comment about your hearing loss,and i can assure you iam in the same bout has you,I am getting constant hissing noise,I have been to the ent spcscialist, thye looked at my ears, and said i have an infection in my ears, I dont know whats causing it , but its constant, and its depressing also,I wish i could give you an positive answear why we have all these problems , but I cant you are younger than me, you should be in your prime of health , hope you get better soon, and make a full recovery.

    I had hearing problem all my life when I was 2 years old I think I wear to hearing aids because of my ear drum has burst and lot of problem when I was born and if you can't really hear I think it is very important to Wear your hearing aid it not because you make yourself look cool without them everyone is not perfect I don't need cochlea implant because my hearing is not that bad because when I take my hearing aids out I still have some hearing aids For the one who haven't got hearing problems if you always have your music up loud you can burst you ear drum and lose your hearing compliantly for the people who laugh at us is not good because one day you might have to get one or two one day People who might thinking about hearing problems wanna ask hearing places to cheack you up because there are the best people for that and the hosapital people would be the fist place you go to because to see if your hearing is not thatcbad or it is it depends on how bad your is





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    My Father recently experienced severe loss of hearing in both ears which seems to have coincided with being prescribed Bisoprolol Fumerate, once noted his GP immediately took my father off of the drug but we are now some 6 weeks later and his hearing has not recovered and it has taken nearly 2 months to get an appointment to see a specialist.





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    Hi James' I'm in the same boat as you. Im 40 an have had grommets for over 14 years... Sadly this last 6 months has given me nothing but ear infections in one ear. and now totally wax build up' and loss of hearing in that eaR. MY e.N.T specialist here in Australia, suctions it out when i see them , which is only every 4-6 months... this time, due to me about to go on a plane' ive tried ear candling - NO luck either.You may have more chance if wax is sticky, mine seems hard an thick? There must be alot of think wax there as i make myself giddy with trying to blow air through the tube, and have total hearing loss atm in left ear. (right grommet fell out a yr ago) goodluck with your search - suctioning out by an ear specialist is best as they have a sm camera in the ear too' as they do it. .. wish i knew answer on olive oil- i wouldn't try it as it may get stuck inside grommet and cause more problems ..

    I am 20 years old an very recently lost my hearing. I have no hearing in my right ear an very little in my left, I have been to the doctors numerous times till recently beig referred to ENT who then varied out a hearing test and am now waiting for my hearing aids, the call it SSHL I am angry it took so long for someone to understand me and help me . Doctors said it would come back but not a thing yet and with every hearing test my hearing levels get lower.





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    My partner and I are both Deaf. I have a Hearing Dog to help me with sounds that most people take fore granted. I was very surprised that your video on DEAFNESS didn't have any sub-titles - what a SHAME you do not understand Deafness. Please let me know when subtitles are introduced. Kind regards.

    please help me im only 25 i have always been a very loud talker but my mum thinks this is because i have hearing problems, i have been getting ear infections and they come back regulary and it causes a really sharp pain that goes in to my jaw. it does not clear up for up to a weeek at a time but then will come back with in a month, it is making me feel really low and now i think i have hearing loss as i am quite loud, but always put it down to being bubbly, everyone says im loud its really getting me down.





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    My mother has bad hearing and wears an aid prescribed by our NHS in 2004. She has just had a hearing test in her home and was reccommended a pair of hearing aids at a cost of between £2-3000. These aids make her hearing much improved. Is there any possibility of these from our NHS?





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    I know this isn't related to earwax, but I have Eustation tube dysfunction. I have seen a specialist twice, had the cameras up my nose etc, and seen a hearing specialist who said my hearing was fine. It started when I had several ear infections and glue ear a few years back and has never been right since. The specialist has said he doesn't reccomend surgery (i.e. grommets) as it might not help, or could make things worse, which is fair enough, but I have tried no end of steroid nasal sprays, the valsalva maneouver and guafenisin to no avail. It causes me pain and temporary loss of hearing and is making me miserable. the last time I saw the doc, he just shrugged his shoulders and said there was nothing more he could do. I have looked on the internet for this problem, and there seems to be a lot of people in similar situation; i.e. unable to get any decent solution for the problem. Any help would be appreciated.





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    Oh my god it is so nice to read all your comments on this at last I do not feel alone and like I am going mad........ I have suffered with dizzy spells, fuzzy head, falls to the ground, head aches, blured vision, stiff neck, head pains, numbness in face arm and leg on and off, for nearly 2 years now! I went clay pigeon shooting on a hen weekend and ever since I have been suffering. I have had hearing test, BPPV Test, MRI Scan, Physio, taken many different types of pills including travel sickness pills and am currently taking prozak, However nothing seems to have worked!! May be once a month I will have a few days when I feel "normal" but most of the time I feel like I am on another planet drunk and forgetfull and clumsy. It has been suggested that a op to distroy the balance nerve can be done however I am to young as I would loss my hearing in that ear and whats to say I won't naturally loss the hearing in my other ear with age in 10/20 years time. I am really at my wits end and feel I would rather take that chance than live life like this..... Most folk just think your are being a drama queen but only you fellow sufferes know what it's like to live in this Hell. If anyone can help please let me know I want to enjoy life again and be me again for my hubby and 2 young boys. Thanks for reading x





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    if it came on afetr sudden piud noise, see if you can get checked for a 'superior canal dehsicence'. a very rare, not serious pathol;ogy that gets dizzy with loud noise or physi calpressure, needs CT scan, doesnt show on MRI. may have migraine component, Tim Hain web site balance and dizziness . com i think is great to explain migraine dizzy link regard balance and dizzy specialist physio

    Thanks Nova but it wasn't caused by a loud noise as I was wearing protective ear muffs that blocked out all the sound it was more likley caused but the impact off the kick back of the gun .

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