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A 33-year-old female asked:

I was diagnosed with unilateral sshl in august 2020. after having completed a mri-no tumor was found and i also regained a bit of my hearing. i am still trying to figure out what could have caused this- could sleeping on my ear contributed to this?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
The etiology of sudden sensory hearing loss (SSHL) is still controversial, a majority of cases are idiopathic, i.e. unknown cause, and some may be related to viral infection, microvascular events due to a hypercoagulable state, and autoimmune disorders. No, your sleeping position does not cause this syndrome.
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 62 years experience
People who develop SSHL often awakened with it. I don't think sleeping position plays a role. I think the cause is elusive. Possibilities include a circulation issue or an autoimmune reaction. Obtaining prompt appropriate treatment is of utmost importance.
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Last updated Mar 4, 2022

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