For approximately 1 month I have been experiencing a partial loss of hearing in my right ear. It feels to me like a blockage of some kind. I am not experiencing any pain or discomfort just this sense that my ear is blocked. Sometimes I can tilt my head to a certain angle and sound will come through normal. When I move my head I can hear crackling,squishy sounds in my right ear.Today I went to an Ear,Nose & Throat specialist. He checked my ears and removed some wax from my right ear but this did not effect the blocked feeling.He scheduled me for a hearing test( I don't quite understand the reason for this, after all I went to the doctor in the first place because I was experiencing a loss of hearing, so what is a test going to do? Confirm that I am telling the truth?) My question is; 1) will the hearing test help the doctor to better understand the causes for this condition? 2) If this blockage is caused by an infection( which seems to me to be the case) will the lack of treatment cause any additional problems or increase the severity of what I am already experiencing?
I was also surprised when the ENT ordered a hearing test when I saw him after a month of a "plugged" ear. I thought, "I already know I can't hear out of that ear, why do I need a hearing test?"
But the answer to your first question is, YES, the hearing test is absolutely necessary and will help the doctor figure out what's wrong. He needs to know whether you have a CONDUCTIVE hearing loss (a problem in the outer ear or the middle ear) or a SENSORINEURAL (nerve) hearing loss, which would indicate a problem with the inner ear. The hearing test will give him this information. Then he will know how to try to treat your problem.
If the blockage goes away when you tilt your head, it is probably some kind of conductive or Eustachian tube problem, but it is very important to rule out inner-ear problems.
I was shocked when the ENT came in after my hearing test and told me that my ear wasn't just temporarily "plugged"--I had a severe-to-profound nerve (sensorineural) hearing loss, which turned out to be permanent.
If you are not having pain, you probably don't have an infection, so I wouldn't worry about that.
Good luck and I hope your symptoms resolve soon. It sounds like it will turn out to be something treatable, an annoyance rather than a serious threat to your hearing.
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