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How To Determine If Hearing Loss is Permanent or Temporary

January 15, 2024
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How To Determine If Hearing Loss Is Permanent Or Temporary

Hearing loss can be the result of both temporary and permanent factors. When you notice that you're having trouble hearing, you need to see an audiologist. You need their help in determining the root cause of your condition. In some cases, you may have a treatable form of temporary hearing loss. In other cases, you may have permanent hearing loss.

What Causes Temporary Hearing Loss?

Most people are familiar with some form of temporary hearing loss in their life. There are many different causes of temporary hearing loss. Some may last for a couple of hours or a couple of days. But, there are some very common causes of temporary hearing loss. These include allergies, infections, and loud noise exposure. Obstructions in the ear, illnesses, and medications are also common. In most of these cases, you'll be able to determine the cause of your temporary hearing loss.

Is Your Hearing Loss Temporary Or Permanent?

When you start to have symptoms of hearing loss, you need to get a hearing test performed. Your doctor may use many different tests to determine the extent of your hearing loss. They'll also do a professional examination of your ear. They do this to check for any obstructions that may be the root cause of your issue.

Audiologists won't diagnose you with permanent hearing impairment after one appointment. You will have had many tests performed over an extended period of time. With these tests, your audiologist is looking for no signs of improvement. Many different types of conditions can lead to permanent hearing loss. These include old age, trauma, medications, noise exposure, infections, and some illnesses.

How To Treat Both Temporary And Permanent Hearing Loss?

The treatment for your hearing loss will depend on if it's temporary or permanent. With temporary hearing loss, your doctor will work to find the root cause of your symptoms. Some common causes could include certain medications or an ear infection. By treating the root cause, you can restore your hearing very soon after it begins.

In cases where hearing impairment is permanent, a different approach is often taken. Depending on the extent of your hearing loss, your doctor may recommend hearing aids. These can help enhance your ability to hear the world around you. With severe hearing loss, they may suggest cochlear implants or similar devices. The exact treatment for your hearing loss will depend on the root cause and the extent of it.

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