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Hearing loss in left ear
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Hearing loss in left ear

over the last 5 years or so noticed a hearing loss in my left ear, (I also experience tinnitus) when I went to have a hearing test at hospital I could not hear very well at all in my left ear, almost so that the doctor said I was almost profoudly deaf in that ear. However I could Tell when he was playing these sounds as they caused pain in my ear. I was sent for an MRI scan but not told why and have heard nothing since. What could be the problem?
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A unilateral sensorineural hearing loss could be caused by a tumor on the balance nerve, called an acoustic neuroma.  A contrast-enhanced MRI scan of the brain, brainstem, and inner ear is mandatory to evaluate for this problem.

Hope thsi helps.  Good luck!

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