“Hello! … Hello? Are you with me?” ….
1. You were having a conversation with some people, and then you suddenly realized they were talking to you , and yet, you couldn’t hear anything. Or, you were hearing words, but only
partially. What could possibly be wrong?
Take note: You might be experiencing partial hearing loss, perhaps also feeling some earache and/or a feeling of fullness in the ear.
Possible cause: Earwax blockage, called CERUMINOSIS, can cause hearing loss in one or both ears.
What to do: You can use mineral oil, baby oil or an over-the-counter earwax removal kit to soften the wax in your ear. If wax still can’t be removed, better to see your doctor.
2. If your hearing seems to be reduced and you have pain, fever, some cold symptoms or a fluid sensation in your ear:
Possible cause: This may be due to a cold, flu, allergies or a more chronic condition called Serous Otitis Media wherein fluid builds up in the middle ear and creates havoc there.
What to do: Take some medicine for treatment of colds for five to seven days. Make sure your room is well-ventilated and clean. If your condition doesn’t improve and/or you have a constant fever or severe pain, see your doctor immediately.
3. If you were exposed to loud noises at work, like a grinding mill; driving a truck or bus; listening to loud music for long periods of time or had been shooting guns at the firing range clubhouse:
Possible Cause: Your inner ear may be damaged by loud noises which result from certain types of work or entertainment and this kind of hearing loss is called Occupational.
What to do: We can prevent occupational hearing loss by wearing protective ear plugs or ear muffs. However, once the hearing loss has occurred, chances to reverse it is quite impossible and it is always best to consult your doctor if you suspect you have occupational hearing loss.
4. If you are experiencing hearing loss gradually in one ear only:
Possible Cause: You might be having an Acoustic Neuroma which points to a noncancerous tumor on the hearing nerve.
What to do: On cases like this, never self-diagnose or self-treat. See your doctor as soon as possible..
5. If you have dizzy spells, nausea or vomiting, ringing in one ear and hearing loss in the same ear :
Possible Cause: You might have Meniere’s Disease or a more serious Tumor on the hearing nerve.
What to do: See your doctor immediately; without delay.
6. If your hearing is deteriorating gradually as you age:
Possible cause: You are a candidate for Presbycusis, a hearing loss related to aging and other factors.
What to do: Visit your doctor for an ear exam and a hearing test so you would be able to benefit from a hearing aid.
7. If you are taking some medicines and when you take them you experience ringing in your ears or any other hearing problems afterwards:
Possible Cause: Yes, certain medicines has been known to cause hearing problems, and are sometimes accompanied by pain.
What to do: See your doctor. Immediately. And stop taking that medicine again until you have been checked by your doctor and given new prescription.
Reminders regarding ear care:
Our ears are not in need of daily or frequent cleaning to remove ear wax. A little ear wax actually protects our ear from bacteria, dirt and other possible foreign matters which could cause hearing problems. Proper cleaning of ears should be observed using hydrogen peroxide, baby oil, mineral oil or other earwax removal as recommended by your doctor if you have sensitive ears.
After bath time is best time to clean your ears as water that has entered the ears has made the wax softer. Clean your ears with a washcloth-covered finger only. Doctors’ advice is never to put anything inside your ear canal, even cotton swabs or buds, because the ear canal is very narrow, quite sensitive and can also cause ear wax to get pushed towards the ear drum and cause hearing problems.
Take precautions when you are set to fly; try not to let pressure build up in your ears. Chew some gums, yawn frequently, hold your nose while trying to exhale or move your jaw to help the pressure equalize during take-off and landing.
Make sure to apply proper descend and ascend during scuba-diving to prevent pressure changes from damaging your ears. And wear protective clothing and equipment before you deal with chemicals at work or at home; some chemicals, when absorbed by the body, can also damage hearing.
Let your ears rest from time to time. The sound of silence is also good for our hearing.
“Do you hear me?”