The best way to diagnose hearing impairment is a hearing test. Before that, the doctor will take your or your child’s individual case history, asking questions in context to the hearing loss. Particular note will be taken of your concerns which prompted the visit, information related to birth and pregnancy for children, if there is a family history of hearing impairment, if there is a medical history of recurrent ear infections and questions related to the work environment or the home environment to check for exposure to loud sounds.
Besides this, your doctor will also carry out a physical examination of your ear with the help of an otoscope – a special instrument with light and magnifying glass to help see the inside of the ear, including the ear canal, ear drum and the middle ear. This will help the doctor look for signs of pus-like discharge, inflammation or an infection, in which case test of fluid inside the ear may also be requested.
Subsequently, a hearing test will be conducted to assess the extent of hearing loss suffered by you.
Aga Khan University Hospital offers multidisciplinary healthcare under one roof, with high quality services to facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of your disorder. Our highly committed staff works tirelessly to ensure that you receive the top quality healthcare services throughout to provide relief from your symptoms.