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Understanding ear related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The ear is a part of the auditory system of the body. The auditory system includes the ear itself and its parts: the inner, middle and outer ear.
Symptoms affecting the ears may be congenital, present at birth, or they may develop later in life. Sometimes surgery may be an option to correct them.
Symptoms relating to the ears may affect their structure and function including their ability to hear, other times they may simply affect the shape or appearance of the ear without any impact on hearing.
What is Hearing Impairment (hearing loss)
Damage to a particular part of the auditory system within the body may cause one of the following forms of hearing loss:
-conductive hearing loss
-sensorineural hearing loss
-mixed hearing loss
Hearing impairment refers to partial hearing loss, whereas deafness describes complete or profound loss of hearing.
What should I do next?
In some instances hearing loss may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
Deafness, Hearing impairment, Hypacusis, Hearing defect, Hearing loss, Hypoacusis.
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