What are the effects of having an ear infection on later hearing?

None unless... Infrequent ear infection seldom affects later hearing as long as proper treatment is rendered even in cases with ear drum perforation. However, children who experience frequent infections with persistent middle ear effusion between the bouts of acute infections do develop hearing defect.
May impair hearing. Ear infections, particularly in children, if not promptly and appropriately managed can result in some degree of permanently diminished audial acuity.

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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...

Had a bad ear infection that last few days, where my hearing was muffled and I couldnt hear, now if I pull my ear out it pops and I can hear. Normal?

Blocked ears. yes can happen, your external ears can become blocked with wax/debris after infection, when you pull your ears out it pops and you can hear when the blockage becomes partially open, your doctor can perform ear wash or prescribe some ear drops to dissolve the impacted wax. Read more...

I have an ear infection, should I consult a doctor if it affects my hearing?

Yes. Ear infections can progress and cause significant problems. Outer ear infections usually are treated with antibiotic drops. They can be quite troublesome and can bet very serious if one has diabetes. Middle ear infections are usually treated with oral antibiotics. Sometimes, they require incision and drainage of the ear drum. 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...

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...