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What would cause sudden hearing loss?

What would cause sudden hearing loss?

May be simple: May be related to something as simple as ear wax impact ion. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Hearing Loss (Definition)

A partial or total loss of the ability to hear that can affect ...Read more


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Possible causes of sudden hearing loss?

Possible causes of sudden hearing loss?

Many possibilities: Common innocuous causes are wax, ear fluid/infection, etc. Relatively emergent causes would be either viral or ischemic (loss of blood flow to inner ear). Unfortunately, it is difficult to distinguish for the patient what the cause of their loss may be, so the prudent thing to do is see an ENT immediately if your primary md doesn't seen an obvious cause. Early treatment may improve recovery. ...Read more

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What are the causes sudden hearing loss?

What are the causes sudden hearing loss?

Depends on the type: Hearing loss can occur from mechanical or nerve problems. A wax impaction, fluid in the middle ear or severe pressure changes in the middle ear can all cause sudden hearing change. Viral inflammation of the hearing nerve or blocked vessels supplying the nerves of hearing can also cause a sudden change in acuity. You should see a doctor and get a hearing test. In nerve changes, time is important. ...Read more

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I have got sudden hearing loss? What should I do?

See an ENT: Sudden hearing loss is an ENT emergency. It could be something as simple as ear wax or it could be nerve damage related to a viral infection. There is a two week window to treat with steroids/anti-virals if there is any expected recovery if it is sudden nerve damage. ...Read more

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What could cause sudden hearing loss in a young adult?

What could cause sudden hearing loss in a young adult?

Hearing loss: Hearing loss can be due to wax, otomycosis, otitis media etc. Rarer causes are sudden exposure to loud noises such as gun/ bomb explosions. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about sudden hearing loss and ringing?

Should I be worried about sudden hearing loss and ringing?

Yes: Sudden hearing loss can be irreversible. Prompt treatment with oral steroids has been shown to maximize chances of recovery, especially when that treatment is begun early after onset of symptoms. I would recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of a 24 yr old female experiencing sudden hearing loss?

What is the likelihood of a 24 yr old female experiencing sudden hearing loss?

Depends: If you are talking about hearing loss related to things like ear wax or fluid behind the ears, teh likelihood is very high. If you mean true inner ear hearing loss of sudden onset, its incidence is 1 in 10, 000. ...Read more

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My daughter has sudden hearing loss. She was congested but that has cleared but the hearing loss remains.?

My daughter has sudden hearing loss. She was congested but that has cleared but the hearing loss remains.?

Have her seen: Sudden hearing loss can be from something as simple as blockage of the ear canal by wax, or drainage, or as serious as damage to the bones involved in hearing. Another possibility can be a perforated eardrum from an ear infection. This can ease symptoms but causes other problems. Most perforations will heal, but given the acute onset, she should have her ears examined soon. ...Read more

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Anyone have any experience with sudden hearing loss and dementia? Are they related?

Anyone have any experience with sudden hearing loss and dementia? Are they related?

No experience: Any sudden change like that would be an emergency, such as a stroke or infection of the brain inner ear. Since dementia is just a general term which could include multi-infarct dementia due to multple strokes, one of them could affect the hearing areas. Also if the person lost speech, which is common in a stroke, you might not easily know if they lost hearing or just the ability to respond. ...Read more

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear?

Presuming no trauma: Don't sit on this. In most cases the cause is never figured out (called idiopathic) but the known causes are serious, ranging from nerve infection, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, a mass, migraines, or vascular events like a stroke. You need imaging and immediate treatment which would be provided at the discretion of the clinician. The rapidity & unilateral presentation are concerning. ...Read more

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Can sudden hearing loss be caused by hayfever or allergies?

Can sudden hearing loss be caused by hayfever or allergies?

Serous otitis: If your allergies cause you to develop fluid behind the eardrum, this can manifest as rapid hearing loss development. ...Read more

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What does doctor do when you come in with sudden hearing loss?

What does doctor do when you come in with sudden hearing loss?

A hearing test: It depends on how long the hearing loss has been going on for. The first thing that will happen is the doctor will look in your ears and see if there's any wax or other problem that can be fixed. Then a hearing test will be performed. If the hearing loss is only of a few days duration high-dose steroids can be quite helpful. If the problem is fluid and then it can be drained. It is very important to see the ear nose and throat doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed two years ago with sudden hearing loss. Maybe because of s virus. Maybe because I used Vicodin the night before it happened. My question is that after reading that both ibuprofen and acetaminophen can cause hearing loss, what is safe to ta

I was diagnosed two years ago with sudden hearing loss. Maybe because of s virus. Maybe because I used Vicodin the night before it happened. My question is that after reading that both ibuprofen and acetaminophen can cause hearing loss, what is safe to ta

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Ibuprofen and other NSAID's like naproxen, and aspirin, should not be taken by people with partial hearing loss, depending on the cause. Some people with hearing loss and ringing in their ears (tinnitus) may find that it worsens and, if so, should never take take those drugs. Interesting that you asked, and mentioned acetaminophen too, and so I checked and it might also. More likely w/ NSAID's ...Read more

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Sudden hearing loss following ringing in ears for years. What caused that?

Sudden hearing loss following ringing in ears for years. What caused that?

Various reasons: Sudden hearing loss- what was the reason? Loud explosion can rupture ear drum or permanently damage the hearing apparatus. This can also cause annoying ringing in the ear- tinnitus. Or you may have something called menier's disease. You need to get checked by an ent. ...Read more

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Is it permanent if somebody has sudden hearing loss followed by ringing in ears?

Is it permanent if somebody has sudden hearing loss followed by ringing in ears?

Seek treatment soon: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a medical emergency that is best evaluated by an ENT physician, and which may respond to treatment. Other types of hearing loss and ringing, such as fluid or wax in the ear, are less urgent but almost always correctable. For more information, see the ENT academy guidelines at http://www.Entnet.Org/community/shlguideline.Cfm. ...Read more

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Sudden hearing loss in one ear for a few seconds. Is this anything to worry about?

Sudden hearing loss in one ear for a few seconds. Is this anything to worry about?

Sudden loss hearing: If it only occurred for a few seconds, not likely of any concern. If it recurs, worsens, or lasts longer- then you need to seen ENT specialist asap. ...Read more

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What does an ENT do when you come in with sudden hearing loss in one ear?

What does an ENT do when you come in with sudden hearing loss in one ear?

A hearing test: The first step is to determine the type and severity of the hearing loss by testing in a sound proof booth. The doctor will also examine and clean the ears. Many types of sudden hearing loss require urgent treatment. Call an ear, nose and throat specialist today. ...Read more

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