Top Three Causes of Temporary Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss can sometimes only be temporary, but it doesn’t mean you won’t feel anxious when first noticing the sudden change in your hearing. Thankfully, many of the reasons causing this type of hearing loss are situations that can be quickly resolved.

Noise Exposure

Protecting your ears is important, especially if working in a noisy environment or enjoying loud pastimes such as playing music or attending stadium events. Even short amounts of time in these environments can cause temporary hearing loss.

Luckily, hearing can recover if noise exposure is infrequent. Chronic exposure to noises that are loud enough to cause ringing in the ears can eventually lead to permanent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Being prepared is the best strategy, especially if these environmental exposures are unexpected, and an inexpensive pair of foam earplugs can be a lifesaver.

Earwax Accumulation

The production of earwax is a normal bodily process, and protects the ear canal. However, there are times when the wax can become impacted or stuck in the ear canal. The blockage caused by excess wax can bring about sudden hearing loss, hindering sound waves from traveling through the canal to the ear drum.

The best method for restoring normal hearing due to wax impaction is to visit a hearing healthcare provider. They are more than adequately equipped to flush or remove wax from the ear canal. The procedure itself is quick and painless.

Middle Ear Infections

Ear infections occur when the area behind the eardrum is invaded with bacteria-filled fluid. The middle ear contains a passageway to the back of the throat, and these infections can develop from a cold or virus in the body. Children experience these infections quite common and can temporarily affect their ability to hear. In most cases once treatment for an infection is complete the hearing loss subsides.

Getting Help

If you think that you may be experiencing temporary hearing loss, the best way to find out for sure is to visit a hearing healthcare professional (link). A simple hearing test can assess your level of hearing and provide insight towards the causes. Visit our website for more information and remember to always protect your ears, ensuring healthy hearing for your entire life.