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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Ear sensitivity

09/30/2008 09:26PM

Question:

Lately I have been getting a sharp pain in my inner right ear when there is a loud noise. Also I get random pains in both but only every once and a while. I was just wondering if I should get this checked by a doctor or if its normal.

Answer:

Yes, sensitivity to loud sounds (hypercusis) is something that ought to be medically evaluated. An exam by an ENT doctor and a hearing test would be the standard starting point for a patient with your symptoms.

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Response by:

University of Cincinnati Daniel Choo, MD
Associate Professor and Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology
Department of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati
Daniel   Choo, MD