Have you experienced sudden hearing loss? This can happen for many reasons. Though the hearing loss is temporary, you may still feel alarmed at the change and wonder how it occurred.
Here are three common causes of temporary hearing loss and what to do if this happens.
Being exposed to loud noise often results in what people call “ringing in the ears.” You may experience this from a range of sources, such as:
In many cases, the ringing will go away on its own after a few days. But prolonged exposure to high noise can cause tinnitus or ear ringing that does not go away. This type of hearing damage is irreversible. Your best defense against developing it is to prevent it from happening in the first place by understanding when hearing protection is necessary. Use earplugs when exposed to loud noises, such as mowing the lawn. When listening to music, especially when wearing earbuds, lower the volume.
Earwax production keeps your ears healthy and many people don’t realize earwax can become impacted and get stuck in the ear canal. The blockage stops sound waves from moving through the ear and into the eardrum, causing temporary hearing loss.
You can return your hearing to normal by getting the ear wax flushed out of the ear, but don’t attempt to do this on your own by using a cotton swab or water. Go to a doctor’s office and have them do it to ensure you don’t cause damage to your ear.
Ear infections are the most common cause of temporary hearing loss. These often stem from colds or viruses, though they can also originate from a trauma to the ear, such as a cut in the ear canal that gets infected. Fluids build up in the body as it fights off an ear infection. The fluid causes pressure on the middle eardrum. If the pressure worsens, it can rupture the eardrum, and blood or pus will leak from the ear.
A physician can treat an ear infection by prescribing antibiotics that will fight the infection. This should reduce the fluid in your ear, returning your hearing to normal within a few days. If you receive antibiotics, be sure to finish out the entire course of the prescription. Some people stop taking them when they begin to feel better, but that could result in the infection coming back.
Sudden temporary hearing loss can be alarming. Knowing why the issue came about can help you address the problems behind it. If your hearing loss fails to clear up in a reasonable amount of time, you may want to seek the assistance of a professional and get a hearing screening.
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