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Can ear infections cause hearing loss?

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If you have an ear infection, your may not hear as well as normal, like you're wearing earplugs even though you're not. An ear infection usually happens when fluid gets stuck in your middle ear. That’s because the fluid makes it easier for bacteria to grow. Viruses can also cause hearing loss.

Some ear infections get better on their own. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat it.

If you get ear infections often, ear tubes -- small cylinders that keep the middle ear open -- can treat them, especially in children.

From: Can My Hearing Loss Be Reversed? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health: “Age-Related Hearing Loss.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

The University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Hearing Loss Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Earwax and Care.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Cerumen Impaction.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Sudden Deafness.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health: “Age-Related Hearing Loss.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

The University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Hearing Loss Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Earwax and Care.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Cerumen Impaction.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Sudden Deafness.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

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