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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: Hearing Problem | 2005/12/06

Q.

Hearing

I have had allergic asthma all my life and it is controlled on meds. In the past 2 years or so I THINK that I may have had a slight hearing loss, as sometimes someone says something and I can't make out what they are saying but the others can. I have never injured my ears in any way, but am wondering. Other than that it must be old age - early 40's. It's intermittent.
In Cape Town where do you go for a hearing test, how much does it cost and does medical aid cover it? I am booked so see an ENT - can he test my hearing or not, at least to the degree that he can detect a problem?
Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Hearing Problem

It is not unusual for allergies to also have an effect on the ears. It sounds like it is possibly a fluctuating hearing loss that you might be experiencing. It would be a good idea to have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist and you might also need to see an ENT.

You refer to age having an effect - this is not impossible, the average age on which the hearing system starts aging is about 45. At this point though, it doesn't sound like it has something to do with age.

Most medical aids pay for consultations, just find out what your benefits are on your medical aid and specific plan.

There are several people in Cape Town that can evaluate your hearing, i will gladly refer you to one. Please write to me at my e-mail address and include the area that you would prefer seeing someone in.

Hoping to hear from you soon

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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