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Deafness: Introduction

Further information about Deafness is below, or review more specific information about these types of Deafness: hearing impairment, Nerve deafness, Sensorineural deafness, Hearing disturbance, Presbycusis, Reduced hearing, Conductive hearing loss, Hearing loss or other types.

Deafness: Partial or complete hearing loss. See detailed information below for a list of 1048 causes of Deafness, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Deafness:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Deafness. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Deafness

Home medical tests possibly related to Deafness:

Causes of Types of Deafness:

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Deafness: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Deafness, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Deafness Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Deafness may include:

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Stories from Users for Deafness

Real-life user stories relating to Deafness:

Message Boards for Deafness

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Deafness or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Deafness:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Deafness. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • In a child, note any malformation of the skull, ears or face that may indicate a congenital syndrome associated with deafness
    • Pain with moving ear lobe suggests otitis externa
    • Examine in the ear with otoscope for any abnormalities such as excessive ear wax, foreign body, otitis media (middle ear infection), otitis externa (outer ear infection), cholesteatoma (a tumor in the middle ear) or ruptured ear drum
  • Ear discharge swab for microscopy and culture
  • Rinne hearing test with a tuning fork - will help determine if deafness is due to nerve problem or conduction (middle ear) problem.
  • Weber hearing test with a tuning fork - will help determine which ear is affected by deafness and further assist in determining if deafness is due to a nerve problem or conduction (middle ear) problem.
  • more tests...»

Deafness: Animations

Medications or substances causing Deafness:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Deafness as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Deafness: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Deafness may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Deafness

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Deafness:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Deafness. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

See Deafness Assessment Questionnaire (28 listings)

Deafness: Deaths

Read more about causes and Deafness deaths.

Misdiagnosis and Deafness

Simple hearing loss can be misdiagnosed: Elderly patients can be misdiagnosed owing to symptoms of paranoia, when the underlying cause is really simple hearing loss. Due to their inability to hear properly what people more »

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might be Alzheimer's, whereas there are many other less severe more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to more »

Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality is that there are various possibilities, such as benign essential tremor, which more »

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, more »

Vitamin B12 deficiency under-diagnosed: The condition of Vitamin B12 deficiency is a possible misdiagnosis of various conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (see symptoms more »

Deafness: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Deafness

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Deafness: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Deafness: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Deafness listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Deafness as a symptom include:

Definitions of Deafness:

Lack or significant deficiency of the sense of hearing.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Partial or complete loss of hearing
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Lack or significant deficiency of the sense of hearing.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Deafness:

The list of organs typically affected by Deafness may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Deafness

The list below shows some of the causes of Deafness mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Deafness?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Deafness. Of the 1048 causes of Deafness that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 9 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 7 causes are "common" diseases
  • 7 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 11 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 27 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 1013 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Deafness:

The following list of conditions have 'Deafness' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Deafness:

The following list of medical conditions have Deafness or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.





















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Causes of Deafness Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Deafness based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Deafness?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Deafness, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Deafness:

    Hearing impairment, Hearing loss
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Deafness:

    Subtypes of Deafness:

    Hearing impairment (1010 causes), Nerve deafness (120 causes), Sensorineural deafness (197 causes), Hearing disturbance (2 causes), Presbycusis (14 causes), Reduced hearing (13 causes), Conductive hearing loss (83 causes), Hearing loss (271 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Deafness:

    Hearing impairment (1010 causes), Hearing symptoms (1100 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Ear symptoms (1999 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes)

    Symptoms related to Deafness:

    Hearing loss (271 causes), Hearing noises, Hearing impairment (1010 causes), Conductive deafness, Sensorineural deafness (197 causes), Audiometry, Tympanic membrane, Ear ossicles

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Medical News summaries about Deafness

    Our news pages contain the following medical news summaries about Deafness and many other medical conditions:

    Related medical articles from our Disease Center for Deafness:

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