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Knoebels Three Ponds Golf Club
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Sudden Hearing Loss: A True Emergency

Anyone who experiences a sudden loss in their hearing should seek immediate medical attention. Sudden hearing loss should be considered a medical emergency as the loss can be permanent in up to 50 percent of patients.

Even though the name implies it, sudden hearing loss does not always happen all at once. It usually occurs in just one ear and may happen over several days. Sometimes, people with sudden hearing loss put off seeing a doctor because they think their hearing loss is due to allergies, a sinus infection, earwax blocking the ear canal, or other common conditions.

However, delaying diagnosis and treatment may decrease the effectiveness of treatment. Sometimes hearing returns on its own, but usually the faster you seek treatment, the better the outcome.

What Does Sudden Hearing Loss Feel Like?

You may lose your hearing all at once. Or it may take a few days to develop. Tn general, the condition involves a loss of hearing that happens over 72 hours or less. Nine out of 10 people lose hearing in one ear. You may still hear some softer sounds out of the affected ear. For example, a normal speaking voice may sound like a whisper.

Some people first notice hearing loss when they try to talk on the phone with the affected ear. Others hear a loud “pop” right before their hearing goes away. People often experience symptoms such as dizziness, ringing in the ears, as well as feeling pressure in the affected ear.


It may difficult to determine what causes a person to lose their hearing. Common causes include:

Hearing loss may also be a symptom of a more serious condition, like a stroke or meningitis. These conditions usually have other symptoms, too.

How It’s Diagnosed

Your doctor should examine the ear to see if there is any obvious source of the hearing loss, such as an ear infection, fluid behind the ear drum, or a blockage in the ear canal. If no obvious source is found, a hearing test should be given. If your doctor’s office does not have the ability to check hearing, you should be referred to an audiologist immediately. You may also get balance tests, an MRI, or a blood test.


Corticosteroids are the most common treatment for sudden hearing loss. They can reduce swelling, fight inflammation, and help your body heal itself. Your doctor may prescribe corticosteroid pills. Or you may get a shot directly into your ear.

If your doctor finds an underlying cause of your hearing loss, he may be able to treat that condition. Ear infections, for example, are often treated with antibiotics.

What to Do if You Lose Your Hearing

Get medical care as soon as possible if it happens all of a sudden or over a few days. There’s no way for you to tell if it’s due to something simple, like allergies, or something more serious. And even if the cause is small, early treatment can help you regain more of your hearing.

If you experience any of these sudden hearing loss symptoms, make an appointment with your physician. With an early diagnosis, you can avoid serious complications.

To learn more, please contact Dr. Jennifer Rager, ENT, at 570-286-6405

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