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Can my hearing loss be reversed?

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Many forms are reversible, including earwax buildup, ear infections, and usually sudden sensorineural hearing loss. However, age-related hearing loss isn't.

Check with doctor. They may be able to reverse the problem or keep it from getting worse. Or they may refer you to a specialist, such as:

  • An audiologist, who specializes in hearing loss treatment and testing
  • An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor, also called an otorhinolaryngologist
  • A hearing aid expert who does tests and fits the devices

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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