Hearing loss...referral to ENT. What to expect?

Hi everyone, this is my first post and was after some advice.

I've been suffering with hearing loss for a couple of years now, mainly trying to follow conversations either in the office where I work, I've noticed my hearing is bad if I'm out with friends, even walking through the city centre, I can't hear them speak, or say if it's windy and I'm out of town, I'm still struggling.

I can't hear my phone ring if it's in my pocket, and I can't use my phone in crowded places.

It's really started to affect my confidence and it's more noticeable now I've gone back into working in an office.

I went and had a hearing test done privately and was told I had a blockage in my ear and conductive hearing loss and given a letter to go to ENT

The letter has someone's else's name on it and I was a bit dubious, so I went for another test elsewhere, and the audiologist confirmed that I had sensoneurial hearing loss and no blocked ears and gave me a letter for my GP as I'm only 40

I went to see my GP who confirmed again no blockages in my ears and I've finally got my appointment after a 3 month wait, which is on 20th Feb, just before my 41st birthday.

I'm just a bit confused with everything and wanted to know what I should expect. I've been referred to ENT specialist registrar, not sure what this means.

Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect, and do they just test my hearing, or do they do other tests to tell what type of hearing loss I've got

Thanks in advanxe

  • hi Dave, I'm a brand newbie too, just registered today but could only register/log on on my phone, as the site log in doesn't work on iPad.  (I mention that as this typing may be rubbish! And short)

    Just wanted to say hello, when I can get the iPad working I'll fill in my history, but in short, and nothing like your situation, I suddenly went deaf in one ear on Friday night.  Just total switch off.  Saw out of hours GP, who started me on massive dose of steroids, and should get an urgent ent appointment this week.  

    No infection, or anything obvious like that, it also looks like sensory hearing loss, as Ive no sound through the bone either (fork test).  Just a totally dead ear.   Its all very strange at the moment, and not what I thought losing an ear would feel like.  (My good ear has gone bananas, super sensitive, flattens all sounds into a jumble with no direction or distance.)

    i assume though, that my initial visit may be similar to yours, so happy to share, so whilst Ive had a jump start here in the process, I'm expecting this journey to be a tad slower as we move on.  

    Reading these forums has already been really helpful, 

    but hope you're doing ok, for me, already understanding a bit about this has already helped (though I think I'm a tad inappropriately high due to the steroids!) and as each day moves on, I'm getting slightly less anxious about my good ear just switching off too. It was really disconcerting when it happened.

    Catch up soon, Caroline (apols if format is bad, hate typing on phones!)

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