You may have become aware that your hearing is not as sharp as it used to be, and even your own doctor has recommended that you take a hearing test. Often people don't understand how important taking a hearing test is, or they are in two minds about taking one. They might think they are too busy right now, and will probably get around to having a hearing test when their home or work life settles down.
Delaying a hearing test can present other problems though. During the time you go without proper treatment for your condition you could be putting yourself and others at risk or your condition could worsen quickly.
Getting the expert opinion of a hearing specialist can establish whether your hearing loss is related to accidental damage caused to the eardrum, an inner ear infection, temporary changes caused as a side effect to any medication you are currently taking, or a build-up of earwax.
If you have suffered with a cold, the flu, or another viral or bacterial infection that has left you with lingering pain or discomfort in one or both of your ears that does not seem to be subsiding, you should get yourself checked out for an ear infection. Getting treatment without delay can help prevent the condition worsening, and reduce any long-term damage an untreated infection can cause.
Your doctor may have prescribed you some new medication for an unrelated condition, and you notice a significant drop in the quality of your hearing. This could be a possible side effect from the medication, and you should return to your doctor for advice.
The hearing loss may be temporary, and return once you cease taking the medication. If your doctor is concerned that this is not a normal side effect of the medication, they may well offer you an alternative that does not cause the same side effect.
If you've been involved in an accident that has caused you some physical injury, especially to the head, neck or ear, it can leave you with some hearing loss. If this occurs it would be wise to seek out help immediately to establish if the hearing loss is temporary or permanent, and if there are any treatments that can improve the condition.
Physiotherapy, cranial osteopathy or some other physical therapy may well be able to help you regain or improve your hearing.
Experiencing sudden loss of hearing or impairment as a result of being exposed to a loud noise near your ear can indicate damage to the eardrum. When this happens, you should look to seek help as soon as possible, as delaying treatment could lead to permanent hearing loss.