Deafness/Hearing Impairment/decibels and hearing loss


QUESTION: hi I am deaf left ear and suffered sshearing loss in right ear 4.5 months ago.

as a result I try to be very careful of noises but sometimes things happen unexpectadly.

this afternoon I was in a part of my home and doing some chores. I wore earmuffs and the door was closed .one of my kids slammed the door of his room which is about 10 meters away from where i was. I heard it a bit but more I sort of "felt" it through the door of where I was . do you think it was enough to damage my hearing?? I am so sad as I try to do my best to avoid all noises but I dont think its possible . Please reply.

ANSWER: Dear Tonia,

My advice is to get your hearing checked ASAP, and have the audiologist compare the results with your previous hearing test.  I doubt that there will be a difference if the door was slammed at a distance of 10 meters which is quite far.  However; if the hearing did decrease as a result of the loud bang, then your ENT may be able to prescribe treatment.

I really do not think there is great cause for concern, but the sooner you follow through with this advice, the better it will be for you, and the less you will have to worry.

I hope to hear good news from you.


Dr. Levi A. Reiter

P.S.  You are correct in trying to avoid excessively loud noises.

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QUESTION: I have not noticed a decrease in hearing and of course life is unpredictable!should I visit the doc everytime there is a louder noise?should I go now?

Dear Tonia,

Truly the only reasonable advice I can responsibly offer is that if the "loud" noise bothers you in any physical way, e.g., causes Tinnitus, or ear pain, or any physical manifestation, then I would go.

The odds are that you may be visiting the Doc more frequently than necessary; however if you are troubled by the noise or suspect that some additional hearing difficulty has occurred, then go.  

If you have an ear doc that you trust, then I would put your question to him/her.


Dr. Levi A. Reiter

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Levi A. Reiter, Ph.D.


I am a full Professor of Audiology at Hofstra University and also in private practice. I can answer questions regarding hearing loss, auditory diagnoses, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, deafness


I have been teaching audiology at Hofstra University for 33 years. I have been in private practice for 31 years. I do hearing assessments, auditory diagnostic tests which are physiological, e.g., ABR, OAEs, etc. I also have over 30 years experience in fitting, and dispensing hearing aids.

ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Associaton AAA (American Academy of Audiology)

My articles have appeared in: Journal of Auditory Research J of Speech and Hearing Disorders J of Speech and Hearing Research The Hearing Journal J of the American Tinnitus Association The ASHA Leader Plus.......

I have a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and two post-doctoral fellowships from NIH and NICHD. I am Board Certified by the American Academy of Audiology, and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. I also have numerous professional publications in the field of Audiology.

Awards and Honors
Fellowship from the National Institute of Health Sciencess Fellowship from the National Institute of Child Development Scholarships from the U of Rochester, Connecticut College Faculty Development grants from Hofstra U. The Scholars Award from the American Academy of Audiology The ACE award from the American Speech & Hearing Association

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Not sure what this means. I see clients of all ages and from all parts of the world.

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