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Dr. Mario Reyes Dr. Reyes
General Practice
34 years in practice
Higher Institute of Medical Sciences of Havana
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How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

How long will hearing loss last after an ear infection?

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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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How long is it supposed to it take for an ear infection to cause permanent hearing loss in my 6 month old?

How long is it supposed to it take for an ear infection to cause permanent hearing loss in my 6 month old?

Depends: During any ear infection a kid will have temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the ear for up to 4-6 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 if the ear bones don't stick together.

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Dr. Larry Johnsgard Dr. Johnsgard
Pediatrics - Neonatology
years in practice
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I just wanted to know can ear infection cause hearing loss?

I just wanted to know can ear infection cause hearing loss?

It may: Chronic otitis media may lead to hearing loss secondary to fluid and/or scarring of the eardrum.

Dr. Martin Fried Dr. Fried
General Practice
32 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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I need help! How do I know if I have hearing loss or ear infection?

I need help! How do I know if I have hearing loss or ear infection?

See your doctor: Have your ear examined by your primary doctor to look for evidence of infection. They doctor should also be able to test you for hearing loss or refer you to a place where you can be tested

Dr. Eric Furst Dr. Furst
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
31 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Is it possible to have permanent hearing loss due to an ear infection?

Is it possible to have permanent hearing loss due to an ear infection?

It depends....: The usual ear infections, otitis media (fluid or infection in the middle ear) and otitis externa (swimmer's ear) can cause hearing loss during the infection, but hearing returns to normal after the infection resolves. A viral infection of the inner ear, on the other hand, can sometimes result in a permanent hearing loss. Check with your ENT doctor to see what you have.

Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I'm terrified about hearing loss from this ear infection, what do I do?

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..

Dr. Nela Cordero Dr. Cordero
Pediatrics
50 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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Dr. Richard Strabbing Dr. Strabbing
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
17 years in practice
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Progressive hearing loss after ear infection. How can I prevent this?

Progressive hearing loss after ear infection. How can I prevent this?

Ear tubes: Patients who have an effusion or "fluid" present behind the ear drum for more than 90 days may have permanent damage to the hearing mechanism. For this reason patients who have fluid deep to the ear drum are often given ear tubes. This is a five minute office procedure for adult patients. Topical anesthetic is place on the ear drum, a microscopic cut placed, and a tube inserted in the incision.

Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
42 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Christian Medical College
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Middle ear infections in adults: is there a danger, any hearing loss, could it be permanent?

Middle ear infections in adults: is there a danger, any hearing loss, could it be permanent?

Middle ear infection: Middle ear infections can result in hearing loss which could be permanent at times.

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook Dr. Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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I had an ear infection for about 4 days all the pain is gone but the ringing noisebin the left ear and hearing loss should I be worried?

I had an ear infection for about 4 days all the pain is gone but the ringing noisebin the left ear and hearing loss should I be worried?

Yes: You should return to your doctor to have this evaluated as ringing in the ear and hearing loss could suggest spread of the infection beyond the middle ear.

Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
Neurology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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How can I improve hearing loss caused by ear infections naturally?

How can I improve hearing loss caused by ear infections naturally?

Some directions: First, make sure that infection completely gone, that sinuses and mastoids are clear, and eustachian tube is fully patent. Also, check that no cerumen is blocking external auditory canal. Get updated audiogram to objectify your ability to hear, and if there is severe issue, modern hearing aides would really help.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How common is it for a viral ear infection to cause hearing loss that becomes permident?

How common is it for a viral ear infection to cause hearing loss that becomes permident?

Depends: Viral infections are known primarily as problems for the inner ear or the middle ear. Viruses attack the middle ear more often than the inner ear. Most viral infections of this space do not have any long term effect on hearing. Inner ear viral infections are rare, but can occur at any age, including prenatally. These can and do result in permanent hearing loss.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

Yes: Not only can untreated ear infections cause temporary hearing loss, but if the ear does not heal, even if treated, may cause problems. That is why it is very important for your physician to follow the problem until it is healed.

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER Dr. WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
29 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Doctorsaid I had an ear infection. No pain but I have had hearing loss in my right ear. I was prescribed ear drops but its been 5days?

ENT evaluation: Most ear infection will have pain and then other symptoms can also occur such as hearing loss and fevers. My suggestion is to see an ENT specialist and get a more thorough ear exam and possibly hearing tests if needed. Good luck

Dr. Anna Meyer Dr. Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
15 years in practice
University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry
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I have otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss, how to unblock my eustachian tubes?

I have otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss, how to unblock my eustachian tubes?

Time: You can try popping your ears, but mostly it is just a matter of time. 50% of people no longer have fluid that is causing the hearing loss at one month after the infection, 90% no longer have fluid at 3 months after the infection. If your hearing is still down at 3 months, you should see an ent.

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Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
42 years in practice
Dr M.G.R. Medical University, Madras, Christian Medical College
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What can I do about a otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss?

What can I do about a otitis-media ear infection and some hearing loss?

Hearing loss: Hearing loss due to otitis media usually resolves once the infection is controlled provided you do not have a perforated ear drum.

Dr. Jonathan Jassey Dr. Jassey
Pediatrics
13 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Have ear infection (otitis Externa) swelling has gone down, but pain inside and around ear still. Stiff neck and a little hearing loss?

Have ear infection (otitis Externa) swelling has gone down, but pain inside and around ear still. Stiff neck and a little hearing loss?

Ear infection: Temporary hearing loss can happen with the infection. The stiff neck might be referred pain from the ear, or you can have a muscular strain if you were favoring that side due to the pain. If not better with the ear then get re evaluated to see if you need different drops.

Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Dr. James DuRant Dr. DuRant
Pediatrics
7 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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Ringing in my left year, hearing loss, runny nose, and built up pressure in head. This is after being treated for an ear infection. New or returned?

Ringing in my left year, hearing loss, runny nose, and built up pressure in head. This is after being treated for an ear infection. New or returned?

Same infection: If your symptoms did not resolve then possibly your ear infection wasn't completely treated and may need a different antibiotic. Get your doctor to check your ear!

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...Read more