Can we have hearing loss in only one ear?

That’s a good question because people seem to think if we have two ears and have a hearing loss, it will affect both.

But yes, you can have hearing loss in only one ear, and when that occurs, well, what do you do about it?

Well, that depends.

It would require some in-depth diagnostic testing to determine what the possible cause of the hearing loss is. Once we determine the cause, we need to determine if the hearing loss is treatable by an otolaryngologist.

If it is not treatable by an otolaryngologist, then what is the next step?

Some hearing losses that are only in one ear are only treatable with a hearing device. Other hearing losses in one ear require even further measures such as a cochlear implant or a bone implanted device to provide hearing on that side.

It depends a lot on the cause of hearing loss and the severity, so if someone suspects that they have a hearing loss in just one ear, the recommendation would be to follow up with your hearing healthcare professional to determine what exactly is going on and to be able to make the appropriate recommendation for you.

If you or a loved one is concerned about hearing loss In one or both ears, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact me today.

I’d love to help get you on your way to healthy hearing.

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Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D

Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D., is Florida’s leading doctor of audiology and has over 25 years of experience in this dynamic industry. Before setting up her own business in Florida & Central America, she served as a pediatric audiologist and rehabilitative services manager at the Miami Children’s Hospital. She has worked with patients of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds during her long and diverse career, and she is still heavily involved in international humanitarian projects, helping hearing-impaired children globally.