Should I see a doctor or am I being dramatic/stupid?

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I think I might have a problem with my hearing in one of my ears. When I was a kid, I used to routinely put things in my ears (don’t ask me why) and I went to ENT a lot to have things removed. When I was 5 or 6, I put some play dough in one of my ears and it got stuck, we went to ENT and it got removed, but not all of it was removed and we didn’t know. When I was 13 or 14, we went to ENT again because I kept feeling a blockage in my ear, and ringing. They found that some of the play dough was still stuck and hardened over the years. Luckily, they managed to get it out and I felt better for it. Now I’m 18, and I started working at McDonald’s. I have issues with the drive thru headset, as in I can’t hear people properly and I tend to miss things even when people do speak loudly and clearly. I always put it down to static or background noise or whatever, but I seek to struggle with it way more than anyone else. Furthermore, i don’t just have issues with hearing and understanding on the headset. I can’t hear people when I’m on the phone, I have to put it on loud speaker. I can’t hear people through screen dividers at work or other places, I have issues hearing people when they talk through masks unless they speak loudly and I sometimes have issues hearing people when they talk to me face to face as well. Reading all that, it sounds obvious I might have some type of hearing issue due to damage to my ears as a kid, but I never really realised or noticed before. I’m questioning it because I was on headset yesterday and I kept missing orders and getting them wrong. One of the managers got angry at me and said I need to clean my ears. They asked if I had a hearing issue and I said I didn’t know. They apologised afterwards and said they were just stressed because it was busy and I was getting orders wrong. I said I understand and that it wasn’t an issue, because I would be annoyed as well if someone on headset kept missing and getting orders wrong. Normally, I don’t condone asking for medical advice on TSR but is this something I should actually see a GP about? It seems plausible I could have some issues with hearing given that my ear was permanently blocked by headed play dough for 7 or 8 years....it could be that I have some blockage of built up ear wax or something and it just needs to be cleaned, but I’m kind of scared to go the doctors in case it is some sort of progressive hearing loss.

I’ve told the managers at work multiple times I have issues on the headset and they still put me on it. Everyone says I’ll get better with time and I’ll learn how to understand what people say (things like sprite and fries sound the same not just to me but everyone, but they’ve all found ways to distinguish it whereas I can’t). So yeah they keep putting me on it with the idea that the more I practice, the better I’ll get but I haven’t been getting better at all. Now I just anxiety when someone gives me the headset because I know I can’t hear people and I’m going to **** up. At least if I get a note from the doctor saying I have hearing issues, they won’t put me on it.

Is it possible to have hearing loss at 18?
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sunny.side.up
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I'd speak to your GP about it.
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I'd definitely go to your GP, i know it can be hard to accept those sorts of things but you'll be better for knowing. It could just be a case of there still being some stuff left in your ear anyway, but the sooner you go for help the sooner you can fix the problem, which i think is particularly important considering it's affecting your work. Regardless, if you're having a hard time at work try not to beat yourself up about it - it's out of your control and not everyone's going to be great when they're new, even years into a job people still **** up, it's completely normal! But definitely get it checked out, your health is important!
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What's a GP going to do about it beyond stick an otoscope in there? You can get hearing tests at some opticians.
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(Original post by TheStupidMoon)
What's a GP going to do about it beyond stick an otoscope in there? You can get hearing tests at some opticians.
They can examine the patient and refer them to ENT specialists or other relevant medical professionals if necessary.
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Ask for a ENT doctor referral pronto. They can help diagnose anything and do tests to confirm or rule out issues too. And answer questions. This is important. Also see if your local community opticians do hearing evaluations as well- some do.
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