Severe hearing loss means you can hear some sounds, but very poorly. You may not be able to hear someone speaking, even if they are using a normal voice. You may be able to hear only very loud sounds.
Hearing loss can happen in many different ways to people of all ages. It’s different for everyone. The key is to work with your health care team to find ways help you make the most of the hearing you have. There are many treatments that can help you or your child enjoy life.
Tinnitus is not a disease. It's a problem in your hearing system. It's usually not a sign of anything serious, though you should see your doctor to get it checked out.
What Your Doctor Needs to Know About Tinnitus
How tinnitus affects your life is important for diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor may ask:
What are your symptoms?
Do the symptoms make it hard to concentrate, sleep, or work?
Has tinnitus caused relationship problems or made it hard to do daily tasks?
Loud noises and aging are common causes of tinnitus. A health problem, such as thyroid imbalance or high blood pressure, can also cause it. So can earwax, if it blocks the ear canal. Some medications may also trigger tinnitus. Sometimes, there is no clear cause.
When you meet with your doctor, be ready to answer questions like these:
Have you had any long-term exposure to loud noises, including at work?
Have you been exposed to an extremely loud noise, such as an explosion?