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Have you been having some problems hearing lately? Maybe you have pain or ringing in the ears? What about drainage coming from your ears? Your doctor is going to ask you all of these questions and more when you visit him/her and report hearing "loss." In some cases you do not have hearing loss, but a hearing health problem. Here is how to know which you have and how to treat whatever problem it is.
Pain, Discharge, and/or "Underwater" Hearing
"Underwater" hearing by itself could signal either an ear infection or a blockage in the ear. It can also mean that there is damage to the auditory nerve. Barring any recent exposure to explosions or jarring blows to your head, there is a good chance that it is not auditory nerve damage. If the "underwater" hearing sensation is accompanied by pain and/or any unpleasant discharge, you may have an ear infection, or swimmer's ear. Totally different types of bacteria cause these infections, but similar medications (antibiotics for in-ear use only) can make the infections go away. You will have relief and probably hear a lot better after just a few days of using the medication.
When There Are No Signs of Infection
If the hearing "loss" did not come upon you suddenly for any known possible reason, and there is no sign of any sort of infection, something else might be going on. Your doctor will ask if you have recently been exposed to prolonged loud noise, like a rock concert or a jackhammer from a construction zone very close to your house. If all of those are a "no," then the doctor will look at your inner ears using a number of approaches and different tools. If age-related nerve damage or deterioration is suspected, the doctor may refer you to an audiologist for heating loss treatments.
Confirming True Hearing Loss
If you have real hearing loss, the audiologist will confirm it. He or she will determine what type of hearing loss you have and whether or not it is permanent. If it is reversible, then it becomes a waiting game, and medical treatments can help. If it is not reversible, but treatable, then you can start picking out hearing aids and hearing assistive technology. It will take time to adjust to the fact that you no longer hear as well and that you need hearing aids and hearing devices. However, you will be glad to find out what the cause is, and that you can hear again.