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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is sudden hearing loss?

Sudden hearing loss can be caused by viral infections, medications, and problems with fluid levels in the ear canals. Often, however, no causes is found. Prompt medical attention is advised as the hearing loss may be reversed with medications if started early.

Symptoms of sudden hearing loss

  • Hearing difficulty

  • Significant difference in hearing difficulty between my left and right ear

  • Ringing in the ears

Questions your doctor may ask to check for sudden hearing loss

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose sudden hearing loss

  • Do you have hearing problems?

  • Do you feel that there is a large difference in your hearing between left and right ear?

  • Do you have tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?

Treatment for sudden hearing loss

Steroid medications, when given early, has a higher chance or reversing the hearing loss. It can be given as a tablet or as an injection to the eardrum.

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