It is most common for patients to have hearing loss in both ears. However, there are times when hearing loss is diagnosed in one ear or times where hearing loss is present in both ears but significantly worse in one ear. This condition is also known as asymmetrical hearing.
What are the Symptoms?
One sign that you might have a difference in hearing between ears is that you turn or cup your better ear when someone is talking to you. Another sign that you may have a difference between ears is that you always use the same ear when talking on the telephone. People with asymmetrical hearing often notice that if they lay on their pillow with their “good” ear down, they cannot hear as well. Oftentimes, your family members are the first to recognize that you may be struggling with hearing.
What Might Cause This?
There are many things that can cause asymmetrical hearing loss. First, asymmetrical hearing loss is often observed with the use of firearms. For example, if you are a right-handed shooter, your left ear is usually closer to the barrel of the gun and oftentimes affected more by the loud noise. Earwax build-up or an ear infection on one side may also cause hearing to be better in one ear versus the other. However, once the ear infection has cleared or the wax has been removed from the ears, this typically resolves the asymmetrical loss. Asymmetrical hearing loss can also be a sign of a more serious underlying medical issue that may require referral. Therefore, it is really important to have your hearing evaluated by a professional who, not only has extensive knowledge in the hearing and balance systems, but also has extensive knowledge in the medical aspects of hearing and balance.
What if I am Concerned?
It is important to obtain a baseline hearing test to classify your hearing loss as well as explore potential reasons why you may have an asymmetrical hearing loss. Cornerstone Audiology has some of the best audiologists and can offer you a complete diagnosis of your specific condition. The audiologists will provide clear guidance on the best solutions for your hearing loss and tinnitus. In addition, if a medical referral is recommended due to asymmetrical hearing loss, the audiologists at Cornerstone Audiology have great relationships with local medical physicians and can schedule that appointment for you. Request a callback today and find out how Cornerstone Audiology can help you.