Could an ear infection cause hearing lose?

Depends on variables. The inner ear nerve is contained well within the strongest bone in the body away from direct contact with fluids or germs.However, a viral infection can travel to the nerve and cause permanent hearing loss. The middle ear is subject to various viral or bacterial infections, with transient reduction unless chronic and untreated.The outer ear canal can swell with swimmers ear, with transient effect.

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Could you lose your hearing from ear infections?

Yes. Recurrent ear infections may cause fluids to build up behind the ear drum, causing decreased hearing . Thank you. Read more...

Would I lose my hearing if I get too many ear infections?

You can. Depending on the type of infections, where you get them, they can cause tympanic membrane perforation, scarring on the TM and alter the bones that are in charge of conducing noise. See your doctor, if this is a pattern, you might need to see an ENT specialist that can do special tests/ procedures to improve the situation. Read more...

Why do you lose your hearing after an ear infection?

Fluid behind the ear. Ear infections typically cause accumulation of fluid and/or pus behind the eardrum, which causes increased pressure (and often pain) which causes decreased movement of the eardrum and the tiny little bones in your ear that amplify the sound waves into your inner ear. Decreased vibration = decreased hearing! Read more...

Is losing your hearing when having an ear infection bad?

Common problem. It is normal to experience a transient (weeks) decline in hearing when you have a middle ear infection. This can be as much as 40db and noticable.It should gradually return to baseline function after the infection clears. Read more...

Can you lose your hearing if you don't get an ear infection treated right away?

Unlikely. In the era before abx, people just tolerated ear infections until the body cleared them (often took months).Doc's occasionally lanced the drum to let the pressure off, & some people eventually needed ear bone reconstruction after years of recurrent pbs. Now, abx rx will speed up the cure but you don't have to run to the er worried u will go deaf. Read more...

Can an ear infection cause bad hearing?

See below. You will have a conductive hearing loss because of the fluid behind the ear drum. Once the infection has resolved, your hearing will return. Read more...
Which one. An ear infection could occur in one of 3 sites.The inner ear nerve, which occasionally has viral infections which could cause deafness. The middle ear chamber, which fills with fluid with infection that transiently reduces hearing about 40% but recovers. Or the canal, which develops swimmers ear & minimal transient loss.Chronic untreated middle ear infections could reduce hearing long term. Read more...