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Hello, I was just standing in my kitchen and all of the sudden my right ear felt like I was losing hearing and then my left ear followed. Once that happened I could hear the tv but it was low. Then within about 5 seconds I got light headed and my heart started to race. Within about 1 minute I was normal again except my right ear keeps feeling like it wants to do the same thing but doesn't. What could this be and could it be serious? Thanks!! :)

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replied April 8th, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A11151
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the sudden sensation of loss of hearing in right ear followed by the similar sensation in left ear. Then hearing returned though it was weak accompanied with feeling of lightheadedness and racing heart which returned to normal after 1 minute.
You have made a mention of marijuana use. All the above symptoms could be the result of the effects of marijuana. Other possibilities include infection of both the middle ears, wax in the ears, acoustic neuroma or some compromise of blood supply to the inner ear due to some heart condition or abnormal heart rhythm.
You should consult your doctor for thorough assessment and examination to reach the definitive diagnosis as the same cannot be made online.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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