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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 →

  • 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 →

    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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    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 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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    Hello! i was born with a glu ear so my hearing is already effected, but recently in the past two years i've noticed that i get bouts of high pitched noise, i use to get it as a child but not as much, but i get it in bouts, its not all the time but it comes with ear ache as well...should i worry and get my hearing checked????





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    Even though you were born with your hearing affected I would still go and get ti checked as it sounds as if something is irritating it

    I recently developed a problem with my right ear only. The problem began Thurs 6th Sept and has continued as a I write this message (Thurs 13th Sept pm). I made an appointment with my local GP on Mon 10th Sept as the problem persisted over the weekend and it was concerning me. There is no pain associated with the ear, no fluid/pus leaking, no build up of ear-wax, I do not have a temperature. Generally I feel OK (occasionally sneeze, but wouldn't say I have a cold). I have persistent "ringing" sound in the ear. Over the weekend, I thought it was temporary, come and goes. But now it is constantly there, day and night! Only in my right ear. I would say my hearing in the right ear is impaired and feels blocked/congested (yet I don't have a cold). I find I have to position myself to listen to others talk from my left ear, because the right ear I cant hear properly. My GP inspected my inner ear, said it was clear (no wax) slightly red in appearance which my suggest an infection (yet I have no pain). My GP checked my glands in my neck, told me my right side was slightly larger than my left. My GP thinks it may be a viral infection and suggested I drink plenty water and if I get a temperature to take paracetamol. My GP also printed an information leaflet from patient.co.uk about Tinnitus which I have read. I do not know what has caused this, I have not been to any loud concerts or near any significant noise recently. I have been feeling stressed recently due to starting a new job and re-locating 250 miles from home. I begin next week. My past medical history, I do tend to get ear infections during times of stress e.g exam time, but I have never had ringing in the ear (OK I have experienced it after a night out clubbing and it's gone come morning, but never as continuous as a week and without a "noisy" cause). I'm 25 years old, professional female. It is concerning me, and I am worried about what if this persists? Is there any advice you can give me, or any medical intervention available to help? Should I seek further medical attention, see a specialist or find out about where I can hearing test?





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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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    I'm prone to ear infections (it seems my right ear takes more damage) and have the volume up on my ipod all the time. My parents have been warning me about tinnitus since I was complaining of hearing things in my ears a few months ago. My ears are very sensitive to loud noises and I've been getting a lot of headaches and earaches recently. I'm hearing things in my right ear, but the noise is rather quiet, yet it still causes me some discomfort. Is this tinnitus?





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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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    I have the feeling of my left ear being blocked which is disorientating and impacting on my life because of impaired hearing. The ENT consultant says there is nothing wrong. He tried to pass a camera up my left nostril but it would not go any higher than the bridge of my nose. I am at a loss to know what to do next. Can you help me at all please?





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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 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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    Some of these questions don't apply as they dont take other factors into account such as sensroy disabilities. I am hearing impaired which is why I find some social situations difficult such as following serveral converstations, parties etc. So I think my score of 28 is misleading. I think it needs to be made very clear repeatedly that it is not diagnostic as many comments on here seem to be from people who are quite ditressed by their results.





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    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.

    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 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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    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 recently had a hearing test, they gave me a digital hearing aid, the Tinnitus is really bad that its affecting my ability to get to sleep. Even if I take my hearing aid out an hour before bed to let my brain adjust, it still bad. What can I do?





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    I have had severe problems in odor coming out of me.I always feel as if a smellSmell - impaired Stools - foul smelling comes out of my Rectum even after i wash my anus very well i still discover that people runaway from me, What can really be the cause and the remedy to it? I have my bath and i make sure i wash and wipe my anus well when i use the toilet, Still the smellSmell - impaired Stools - foul smelling persists.





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    i was born deaf i have same problem what you got it not nice it get all noise everywhere cannot hear someone talking but the problem is making hearingaid cannot match your hearing sound what you use it before your hearing lost so it takes appox between 3 months to a year to get use your hearing that would never be the same so you have to put up with it . there nothing they can do only do there best they can . my dreams is making cell stem work for become hearing . but with me born deaf i dont know what hearing peaple sound like that the problem

    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 im 38 and i have been hard of hearing since i was 7 years old i wear a hearing aid in my left ear 4 the last year or so i have experince smelling,itching,red and sore it is right down in the ear i am not sure if the ear mould has anything 2 do with it but if i take hearing aid out of the ear will go hard ihave been doctors twice about the problem i have tryed cream and tablets it does clear up but when i put hearing aid back in it will b ok 4 a few days then it comes back again to cope with the itching i hav`t 2 use a cotton bud which i no i am not ment 2 use but it is the only way i can deal with it. sometimes it keeps awake at night when it itches





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    Since I met my boyfriend nearly 4 years ago hr has deemed to suffer with his ears in the past year he has been to the doctors on numerous accounts to see about them. He cleans his ears quite often an on the cotton bud is a brown tar like substance which smells disgusting its as though it collects in his ear and if he doesn't clean them regularly if you sit near enough to him you can smell his ear. It also leaks a brownish yellow liquid mostly in the night which goes on his pillow. Not only this his hearing seems to be impaired you can be sat next to him and he cannot hear you he is only 20 I will add and his ears continuously make a crackling noise inside the doctors give him anti biotic which don't seem to help and also ear drops which seem to do nothing. When he went to see the nurse to have his ear suringed he was told there was no need as nothing was wrong with his ears however I fail to believe this as his symptoms persist please help :)





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    Hi, I have the same problem which I have had for just over a year. Been to my doctors several times and they can not explain it. My hearing has deteriorated in my right ear which has resulted in waiting to be fitted for an hearing aid. I have had a hearing test to find out why I have lost my hearing and will get results in November when I next see the ent consultant. For just over a month I have been feeling fine with no symptoms but then on Saturday whilst out shopping it suddenly started again. When I am standing just talking to someone it feels like I'm tilting to one side and a feeling of feeling spaced out or sometimes I feel like the ground is falling away from me. I really hate feeling like this and would really appreciate any advice you can give me.

    I think I have tinnitus too, I am forty and have always tried to look after my hearing.it seems to have come on this past 18months. it a continuous hissing in my right ear. I know there's nothing the doctor can do so I have never spoken to one about my hearing.as close to working in a loud environment was shooting in the army,but I always used hearing protection. I even wear plugs when im out on my bike under my helmet. I always suffered with ear ache when I was a child. this may have had something to do with it. I don't know what to do about easing the noise.any advise ?





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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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    Hi Glad to hear that I am not the only mum that sleeps with one eye and ear open all night.My son is also age 3 with the same symptoms which he has had since birth he also had alot of ear infections within his first year and we had to have a full hearing test done last november just to check on his hearing and with regards to the snoring.His hearing turned out to be fine but we have been told that he might need to have his adinoids out as they could be enlarged but they have told us they would not consider doing this for some time due to his age.Just wondered if you had any of advice with your son having already had them removed.

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