Deafness/Hearing Impairment/tinnitus?


Hello Dr. Kelley Linton ,I will try to  give you as many details as possible about my condition.
I am 38 years old ,I am not overweight,I do not smoke,I do not use alcohol,nor drugs.I sport daily,my bp is checked constantly,around 117/75.Immediately after training my bp and heartbeat returns to normal.I had my heart checked on both relaxing and effort by ECG.I have varicose veins on my both legs.I try to have a healthy diet and a healthy life-style.I do not take any medication,only vitamin C as supplement.
I have a constant sound in my left ear.It is not very loud,it is not disturbing me actually.I have it for a very long time,I actually did not noticed it ,I was thinking is normal,up until I read about tinnitus.I know its sound a bit stupid of me  :)
Sometimes I am facing some stressfull situations,and then I fell like headache/pressure in my head..but again,I was thinking thats normal.
Beside this,I have good energy level,I am keeping the same body weight for 9 years now,I have apetite and so on.
According to what you read,does it sound like something very serious condition?Do you think it might be something like an aneurysm or something more serious?
Thank you in advance for your answer.Regards!


Since you are in good general health and no other problems, it is concerning that you would only have noise (tinnitus) in one ear.  Tinnitus is a symptom of something else happening in the body.  With no other reason for noise in one ear, it might be best to have it evaluated by an ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) physician.  They may possibly want to get an MRI to evaluate the integrity of the auditory nerve on the left side and make sure there are no lesions causing the random, one-sided tinnitus.

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Kelley Linton, AuD
Doctor of Audiology

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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.


I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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