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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. ...Read more

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


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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Ent? Chronic ear infections for 30 yrs had 2 sets of tubes as a child. Noticing hearing loss right side. Do they have adult tubes?

Ent? Chronic ear infections for 30 yrs had 2 sets of tubes as a child. Noticing hearing loss right side. Do they have adult tubes?

Yes, but...: ...They are very unusual. Other interventions are more likely. A cholesteatoma arising from old scars could be t he reason for your hearing loss, so you should consult an ENT asap. ...Read more

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I have an ear infection and no fever. But hearing loss and pain. Can this cause my resting heartrate to be up 10 to 15 bpm? I also have pots, eds, lyme

I have an ear infection and no fever. But hearing loss and pain. Can this cause my resting heartrate to be up 10 to 15 bpm? I also have pots, eds, lyme

Yes, pain can: Lead to increase in heart rate, due to stress, pain killers, with other medicines prescribed for your condition, will help the infection and pain, if no improvement see your doctor for re-evaluation, best wishes ...Read more

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Sudden hearing loss (10-15 dbs), pulsating headaches, no visible ear infection, MRI is fine, sensitivity to sound, nausea (no vertigo) - help?

Sudden hearing loss (10-15 dbs), pulsating headaches, no visible ear infection, MRI is fine, sensitivity to sound, nausea (no vertigo) - help?

Sudden ear changes: Hello, this is a case for your local ENT specialist. He/she will review your MRI scan. If the MRI was of your brain, a detailed exam of the temporal bones may be needed as well as a audiogram. ...Read more

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Can ear tubes help with Eustachian tube dysfunction? I have tried decongestants, nasal steroids, etc. Ear infections and hearing loss continue. Help!

Maybe: Fluid that accumulated behind the ears can thicken to the point it may not drain. During the process of inserting tubes, they usually remove this thickened debris with vacuum cleaner like tools. The tubes allow a bypass for new fluid to escape while swollen middle ear tissue recovers. It is more traditional to use in small kids, but might help an adult. A consult with an ENT can help you decide ...Read more

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Prescribed cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) drops for an ear infection, placed 2 drops in the left ear and immediately experienced moderate hearing loss. Is this normal?

Check in w your doc: Best to return to see your doctor. Isn't clear why you are having hearing loss. Your doctor can examine your ear canal and see if there is any redness, swelling or blockage. ...Read more

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I have pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss from an middle ear or inner infection. It still feels full and echos when I walk? How long does it last?

I have pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss from an middle ear or inner infection. It still feels full and echos when I walk? How long does it last?

Otitis media: After a middle ear infection, fluid in the middle ear takes a while to drain through the eustachian tube. It could take several weeks to clear. However, the symptoms of pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss could indicate an inner ear or central neurologic/vascular problem, which requires that you see and ENT doctor for full exam and testing. There could be other problems that need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold I had last week, I went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

What should my next steps be? I have acute otitis media that was accompanied with hearing loss in my right ear that came from a cold I had last week, I went to th ER and given meds and started the regemine and still have somee pain along with the prolonge

You: You should consult with an ENT in your area. Many times, an episode of acute otitis media will result in a middle ear effusion (fluid behind the eardrum) that may take much more time to resolve than the actual acute infection. I would make sure you have been given the appropriate medications from the er (you did not state what was given) usually an antibiotic aimed at appropriate/common bacteria that cause middle ear infections, and sometimes steroids are prescribed. Unless you had a perforation, ear drops are not effective. It sounds as if your pain has improved, so you are probably resolving the acute infection. The decreased hearing may persist in some cases for weeks after the initial infection, however, a good exam, as well as an audiogram will be helpful in determining where you are in the course of the disease, as well as any potential complications and time course until resolution. In some instances (for example, after a period of observation (3-6 weeks) without any improvement) a small incision in the eardrum may be necessary to alleviate pressure and inflammation and drain the fluid from the middle ear. But that course is, thankfully, usually unnecessary. For now, see your local otolaryngologist, and make sure that you are on the right medicaitons. ...Read more

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I think iv an ear infection. Iv pain, loss of hearing, lump under ear lobe. All of this is in my right ear. How long will it take to go away?

I think iv an ear infection. Iv pain, loss of hearing, lump under ear lobe. All of this is in my right ear. How long will it take to go away?

Needs evaluation: From what you're describing, I would recommend seeing a doctor in person so they can look in your ear, evaluate your symptoms, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Don't just wait for it to go away, see a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson
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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