Where do I go for this annoying hearing problem?
August 6, 2008 8:54 AM Subscribe
Not-My-Doctors on MeFi: Where do I go with this hearing issue?
posted by gracious floor to health & fitness (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've experienced slight hearing loss for about the past five years. It has bothered me in the past, but only recently have I noticed how much my hearing has been affected. Having just aquired a decent health insurance plan, I'd like to use my benefits to get this checked out. But where do I go? I've never had a "family doctor" and have only occasionally seen doctors at in-and-out clinics.
If it helps- within the past two months I've had several shooting pains around the aforementioned ear. These have only been recent- in the entire time that the hearing has been an issue, there hasn't been pain. Also: my mother has the same hearing problem (i.e., loss of hearing for seemingly no reason) and a doctor told her there was nothing to be done. I am a female, 23 years old.
So: do I go to a regular doctor to get a referral to a specialist, or can I bypass that and get help quicker?
Any advice appreciated, I don't do this often. Thank you!