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A 40-year-old member asked:

How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mario Reyes
General Practice 39 years experience
Two to three months: When you have a middle ear infection there is fluid accumulated in midle ear due to dysfunction of the eustaquian tube. Even with the fever and symptoms of acute infection( fever, pain) the fluids remains there for two to three months .During that time there can be some compromise to hearing due to blockade of the transmission of the sound waves to the inner ear and to the brain.
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Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Variable: Depends on whether you have fluid behind your ear drums. This is a common result of an ear infection and can actually last up to 3 months! if it lasts longer than a month and is driving you nuts, or if it hurts, disrupts your balance, or causes any other problems, see your doctor for possible drainage.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long until hearing returns after ear infection?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-4 wks.Most adults will improve within a week and may return to normal in 2 wks, some may take 3-4 wks.Infants and kids tend to take longer.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

I'm terrified about hearing loss from this ear infection, what do I do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
No worries: All ear infections result in temporary hearing loss. It is because of fluid in the ears. It is not permanent...And you will be fine. Craniosacral therapy and chiropractic can help assist the fluid to drain out of the ear faster. So do not worry...All will be well..
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long do you think is a ear infection suppost to last?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks.If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material.Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline.
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Last updated Mar 31, 2020
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