Case study ( 4952 views as of June 17, 2019 )
Fred is a 55-year-old gentleman who presents to his family doctor with bilateral hearing loss. Fred notices his hearing loss symptoms are worse on the left side than on his right side. Fred's medical history reveals a whiplash injury 12 years ago which resulted in tinnitus (ringing or buzzing) symptoms on one side ever since.
Fred's doctor refers him to an audiologist for a thorough review of his hearing. The audiologist administers an assessment consisting of pure tone audiometry, auto acoustic emissions, and acoustic reflexes, including tympanometry.
Fred's test results show a sensorineural hearing loss to both ears, with his left side being worse than his right. The recommended treatment for Fred's hearing is a hearing instrument to his left side to begin, given his hearing loss and tinnitus symptoms.Author: Dr. Mark Hansen