The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. As part of your diagnosis, your doctor may try to determine the following:
Depending on the type of hearing loss you have, the doctor may order tests such as:
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Last reviewed September 2017 by Michael Woods, MD Last Updated: 9/17/2014