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What is sudden sensorineural hearing loss?

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This happens when you lose all or part of your hearing (usually in just one ear) all at once or over a few days. About half of people with the condition regain their hearing on their own, but sometimes it doesn’t come back completely. It usually gets better in a week or two. It can be treated with corticosteroid pills or shots.

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 Shelley A. Borgia on June 6, 2019

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 Shelley A. Borgia on June 6, 2019

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