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Answered by: Dr Aru Handa

Senior Consultant,Moolchand Hospital,New Delhi

Q. I am a 42 years old male who underwent a kidney transplant eight months back. My wife is the donor. My creatinine level is 1.1, urea - 22, potassium - 3.5, sodium – 142 and haemoglobin (Hb) - 11.2. After transplantation, I got diabetes. For the last couple of months, I am hearing roller / rolling sound. I had an ENT check up and my ears are all right. My doctor who operated me told that it is due to some psychological problem. Please guide.

A.  If clinically your ear , nose and throat examination is normal, you get your hearing assesment done. A test called pure tone audiometry is advisable. It checks hearing at different frequencies. Even a small difference in hearing threshold at certain frequencies can make you hear such sounds - called tinnitus. Management depends on the degree of hearing thresholds change. Diabetics and people with kidney dysfunction tend to have this problem more. You need to keep your serum electrolytes , kidney function and diabetes under control.

A.  If clinically your ear , nose and throat examination is normal, you get your hearing assesment done. A test called pure tone audiometry is advisable. It checks hearing at different frequencies. Even a small difference in hearing threshold at certain frequencies can make you hear such sounds - called tinnitus. Management depends on the degree of hearing thresholds change. Diabetics and people with kidney dysfunction tend to have this problem more. You need to keep your serum electrolytes , kidney function and diabetes under control.

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