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Sudden Inner Ear Hearing Loss

Also known as Sudden Seonsorineural Hearing loss (SSHL) is a medical EMERGENCY and requires immediate treatment. It is defined as a loss of

30 decibels in three frequencies over a few hours or a few days.

 

For some people the loss is temporary, while others need medication. If left untreated, it may result in a permanent hearing loss.

Dont ignore a sudden changes in your hearing!

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What are the symptoms?

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Some people discover the hearing loss first thing in the morning while others only notice it when they use a phone on the affected ear. Some notice a loud, alarming “pop” just before their hearing disappears.

 

People with sudden deafness may also have vertigo (balance problems), tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or a feeling of fullness in the ear.

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What causes it?

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Although it could be related to viral infections, exposure to certain drugs or blood circulation problems i.e., the cause remains largerly unknown.

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What should I do?

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

If you experience SSHL, you have to seek medical attention immediately. Go to A&E and ask to see an ENT doctor or contact a private Audiologist for an emergency hearing test.

If not diagnosed and treated urgently, the hearing loss may become permanent.