Q. After 18 months of Zoom calls throughout the day with my right ear bud in, I notice when I have my routine East Austin coffee at Texas Coffee Traders that my left ear bud is louder than my right one. Is my right ear ready for a hearing aid?
A. The difference you notice in volume could be attributed to one or a number of things. And yes, one of them is hearing loss.
Perhaps the right ear bud is partially blocked by some wax or debris. Try switching the ear buds. Does the left ear remain louder? There could be wax and debris blocking your right ear canal. Or maybe you are experiencing some sinus and/or allergy drainage behind your right ear drum. This type of drainage can ‘muffle’ what you hear in that ear.
Generally, exposure to noise is the leading factor that leads to hearing loss. The simplest way to know if you have some ear wax and/or hearing loss in your right ear is to schedule an ear check-up and a hearing test. The appointment does not mean you need a hearing aid. You will receive a baseline hearing test, perhaps an ear cleaning, and leave knowing more about your hearing.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin at 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear check-up and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.