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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

What Causes Sudden Hearing Loss?

What Causes Sudden Hearing Loss
In general, hearing loss isn’t the kind of issue that comes on suddenly. Instead, hearing loss is usually a combination of long-term loud noise exposure, genetics, and other health issues. However, there are times where hearing loss can come on suddenly, though it is not always permanent.

Whether you or a loved one has dealt with sudden hearing loss, it can be an unsettling experience and difficult to know how to move forward. Our experienced doctors of audiology at Hearing & Balance Doctors are here to share what causes sudden hearing loss and how to move forward.

Sudden Hearing Loss: Temporary Or Permanent

When talking about abrupt hearing loss, we will be referring to sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This specific type of hearing impairment takes place in the inner ear and often affects only one of your ears. For many people who experience sudden hearing loss, the loss is something they wake up with in the morning. However, other individuals describe hearing or feeling something pop, then their lack of hearing occurred.

This sudden loss of hearing can be a temporary phenomenon, sometimes lasting only a few hours or a handful of weeks. But, sometimes, it is the result of other issues, such as:

  • Problems with blood circulation
  • Head trauma
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Infection
  • Excessive loud noise exposure
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Neurological issues, such as multiple sclerosis

As there are a wide variety of reasons behind why your hearing loss—whether temporary or permanent—happened, it is essential that you take it seriously and seek treatment as soon as possible.

How To Deal With Sudden Hearing Loss

The first thing you need to do if you have sudden hearing loss is to undergo a diagnostic hearing evaluation. This evaluation is performed by one of our doctors of audiology, and it allows them to determine where in your ear—whether outer, middle, or inner ear—your hearing has been impacted and to what extent.

If necessary, our audiologists can also provide referrals to other health care specialists, should your hearing loss needs require outside medical intervention. Further tests, such as balance tests and MRIs, may be needed to determine the full extent of your sudden hearing loss.

Depending on the source of your sudden hearing loss, you may be prescribed corticosteroids to help deal with inflammation or other medical interventions. Also, if your hearing loss does not respond to these interventions, hearing aids can help you navigate your new degree of hearing. By working with our doctors of audiology, you can find the right combination of treatment and management to deal with your sudden hearing loss.

When To Start Scheduling Annual Hearing Checkups

Rather than waiting for the worst to happen, or to not catch your hearing deterioration early, you can start coming in for yearly hearing evaluations. While hearing loss becomes most noticeable in many adults over 65 years old, the deterioration process can start as early as your mid-forties.

So, by the time you are in your early fifties, you should start coming in for an annual hearing evaluation. That way, any sign of hearing loss can be quickly treated so that you can maintain a high quality of life.

Should you need hearing health care assistance, you can always contact us, and our audiologists will do their best to help improve your hearing range.

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