Sudden Hearing Loss
A few times a year I will get a phone call from a patients wanting to be seen right away because they woke up and could not hear out of one ear. Sometimes these people will complain about tinnitus, dizziness or a plugged up feeling. Sometimes the only symptom is hearing loss.
Sudden hearing loss is something you want to get checked right away. Here are some steps for you to follow:
(1) You will want to have your ears checked for wax by either your local independent audiologist, your family physician or nurse practitioner.
(2) If wax is not the culprit, you will want a full audiometric evaluation performed by an audiologist.
(3) Your audiologist will determine the degree and type of hearing loss that you have and then recommend the appropriate next steps. You may have to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon (Otolaryngologist), and having a hearing test will help the audiologist come up with recommendations.
If you woke up with decreased vision you would book an eye exam right away. Do not ignore sudden hearing loss, book a test with our local independent audiologist. Residents of Amherstburg, Harrow, LaSalle, McGregor, Essex and Windsor can call our office to be tested by our Doctor of Audiology.