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!

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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...

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...

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. 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...

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...

Would loosing one's hearing be common after an ear infection?

It depends. If you still have fluid in your ear or continued inflammation (very common after ear infection) then you will often have a conductive hearing loss. If you have a nerve hearing loss (sensorineural) this is more serious. You should see an otolaryngologist to help differentiate between the two. Read more...
No. Traditional 20 years ago in Peduatrics we thought frequent ear infections increased your risk of hearing loss. It doesn't. England rarely used antibiotics for this condition and after many years their rate of hearing loss us no different than In America. Healing ear can hold fluid for up to 3 weeks that can dampen sound. See your MD for good ear check soon. Read more...