Cancer Treatment and Hearing Loss: Winning the Battle But Losing The War
Hearing Loss — Head Cancer Or Old Age?
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I have hearing loss that is worse in my right ear than left. It started rather fast. I have been a heavy smoker for 40 years. My ear, nose and throat doctor is blaming the aging process as I am 63. He has not done any tests except a hearing test. I am worried because I think a CT or MRI should be done to be sure it is the aging process and not something more serious before I purchase a hearing aid. What do you think?
I think that any longtime smoker like yourself should be thoroughly examined because your risks of cancer are greater than someone who has never smoked.
Not everyone who has hearing loss needs imaging tests like a CT scan or an MRI for cancer. A good head and neck exam, coupled with a good hearing test, can be a thorough screening for hearing loss even in a heavy smoker. Unless you have other symptoms to make you suspect that your hearing loss is something more serious, further testing may not be necessary.
If you have concerns, I would discuss them with your doctor.
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