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Diagnostic Tests for Sensitive hearing

Diagnostic Test list for Sensitive hearing:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Sensitive hearing includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Temperature. If elevated may suggest meningitis, middle ear infection, herpes zoster (shingles) or rabies
    • Central nervous system examination looking for signs of 7th nerve palsy which may cause overly sensitive hearing if the damage to the seventh cranial nerve is within the petrous temporal bone. Causes include Bell's palsy, head trauma (causing a fracture of the petrous temporal bone), middle ear infection or herpes zoster infection (shingles)
    • Look for signs of Bell's palsy (7th nerve palsy of unknown cause) - e.g. unable to wrinkle forehead or close eye forcefully on affected side, unable to whistle or blow out cheeks.
    • Complete examination of the ears, nose and throat looking for rupture of ear drum, ear discharge or evidence of middle ear infection which may cause injury to the seventh cranial nerve and over sensitive hearing
    • If 7th nerve palsy, examine for a blister-like rash on the pharynx or external ear canal that would suggest herpes zoster (shingles) infection of the nerve
  • Swab of ear discharge, if present for microscopy and culture
  • Radiological investigations
    • X-ray and CT scan of mastoid and petrous temporal bone, if history of trauma and have 7th nerve palsy

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Sensitive hearing causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Sensitive hearing:

The following list of conditions have 'Sensitive hearing' 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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