- Hearing the same sound differently in one or both ears
- Echo-like repetition of a single sound
- Hearing the same sound at different pitches between your ears
- A timing difference between your ears
Double hearing is often a symptom of conductive or sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is caused by blockages in the ear or an infection that prevents the hair cells from receiving sound. Sensorineural hearing loss is the result of damage to the inner ear or vestibulocochlear nerve, which transmits sound to your brain.
Other causes include:
- Sudden exposure to loud noises
- Earwax buildup
- Ear or sinus infections
- Head trauma
The best course of action is to treat your underlying hearing loss. You’ll need to visit an audiologist who will conduct hearing tests to determine the cause of your hearing problems. If you have earwax or other blockages in your ears, an audiologist can administer safe removal.
Audiologists may also prescribe:
- Hearing aids: Hearing devices are regularly used to treat mild to severe hearing loss. You may find improving your hearing loss will reduce your double hearing symptoms.
- Cochlear implants: These devices are surgically implanted and send signals directly to your auditory nerve, which transmits sound signals to your brain.
- Aural rehabilitation: This treatment program creates a supportive environment where those with new hearing devices can receive assistance and sensory management.
Double hearing can also improve after an infection has passed. Visit your primary physician for treatment and discuss antibiotic medication.