Hearing loss can be both sudden or gradual, can occur in one ear or in both ears, and can be temporary or permanent.
Hearing loss occurs when sound is blocked in the outer ear, middle ear, or inner ear. The most common cause of hearing loss is exposure to loud noises. Infections, both in the ear but also anywhere else is the body also continue to hearing loss.
Earwax build up, birth defects, infections that cause swelling, tumors, damage to the cochlea (mechanism for converting sound vibrations to brain signals), and nerve damage, could all be reasons for hearing loss.
Most causes of outer ear hearing loss can be remedied. But problems of the middle and inner ear can lead to permanent hearing loss, which is why it is important to seek medical attention quickly if you are experiencing a problem hearing.
If you experience sudden or prolonged hearing loss with dizziness, fever or pain, please contact our office right away and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists. We’ll conduct a physical examination as well as a hearing test to determine the type and severity of your hearing loss. We’ll then recommend the best treatment.