One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Can I have a hearing loss in one ear?”"

Can You Have Hearing Loss in One Ear?

by | Nov 2, 2022 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

Many patients come to us with concerns regarding one of their ears, and one of the most common questions we are asked is, “Can I have a hearing loss in one ear?”

The answer is absolutely.

It is called unilateral hearing loss or, in some cases, single-sided deafness.

Some people are born with no hearing in one ear, called single-sided deafness.  Such a hearing loss is often found during a newborn hearing screening.  If, for some reason, a baby’s newborn hearing screening was not completed, a hearing loss in one ear may not be found until the child is 4-6 years.  This is when there is a hearing test as a part of starting school.

Other causes of hearing loss in one ear are a disease process in the middle ear, a growth or tumor on the hearing nerve, surgery in or around the ear, or an infection that affects one ear.

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Some people experience a sudden hearing loss, which feels like one of their ears has been turned off.  While this can happen due to a loud noise like a gunshot or an explosion, it can also happen for no clearly identifiable reason.

Either way, it can be pretty difficult to recover from such an unexpected, dramatic loss.  If there is a sudden change in your hearing in one (or both) ear(s), it is crucial to visit your local audiologist immediately.

Your audiologist will test your hearing and work quickly to determine the cause for hearing loss and to remedy it.  It is important to not wait in the hope of your hearing returning, but make an appointment to see a professional at North Houston Hearing Solutions right away.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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