Temporary Hearing Loss: What You Should Know
Temporary hearing loss can be a frightening experience. While most instances of hearing loss are permanent, there are some cases of temporary hearing loss.
Causes of Temporary Hearing Loss
There are a number of causes of temporary hearing loss. In most cases, temporary hearing loss will clear after a few days. However, it’s important that you speak with a hearing healthcare practitioner to check your hearing. Getting your temporary hearing loss addressed immediately can help prevent permanent hearing loss.
The most common causes of temporary hearing loss include:
Ear Infection - More commonly seen in children, adults can also get ear infections. An ear infection can occur within the outer, middle or inner ear, and result in temporary hearing loss. Learn more about how an ear infection can cause hearing loss here. If you have concerns about an infection, please speak with your medical practitioner.
Blockage - In some cases, temporary hearing loss may be the result of a blockage in your ear, sometimes called conductive hearing loss. This could be the result of a buildup of earwax, or it could be a foreign object in your ear. Remember - do not try to clear it yourself by inserting a q-tip in your ear. This could actually push the blockage further into your ear canal and cause more damage. We recommend speaking to your hearing healthcare practitioner if you suspect a blockage in your ear.
Loud Noise - Noise can pose a threat to your health. Exposure to loud noise can result in permanent hearing loss. If you are experiencing hearing loss after a particularly loud environment, like a rock concert, rest your ears and speak to a hearing healthcare specialist.
Trauma - If you’ve had a recent head injury, you may experience temporary hearing loss. It’s crucial for you to visit your primary healthcare physician to have your injury and hearing loss assessed.
Swimmer’s Ear - Swimmer’s ear is the result of moisture trapped in the ear canal. The trapped moisture provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Left untreated, it can be very painful.
Medication - Certain prescription medications are known to be toxic to the ear. These medications, known as ‘ototoxic’, can result in ototoxic hearing loss. Learn more about this type of hearing loss here.
Treating Temporary Hearing Loss
If you are experiencing temporary changes to your hearing, we recommend speaking to your primary healthcare physician. In some cases, temporary hearing loss will resolve on its own. However, in others you may need medication or other treatment options.
If you’d like to discuss further, please get in touch with the hearing specialists at HearingLife (formerly Family Audiology). Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our hearing care professionals.