Sudden hearing loss is when circulation in the inner ear is reduced causing hearing loss. It can be a frightening experience, so it’s important to seek help from a hearing expert as soon as possible to assess the level of loss.
It is not conclusively known what causes sudden hearing loss, however it is believed that loud environments or workplaces could be the cause. If you believe you have sudden hearing loss you should book an appointment with your Bay Audiology clinician immediately. We will be able to assess the level of loss you are experiencing, look at potential causes of the loss, and refer you to a GP if necessary.
Sudden or temporary hearing loss typically occurs due to one of two reasons:
Below are some common causes of sudden hearing loss:
If you are experiencing sudden deafness, we recommend you visit an audiologist to check your hearing levels so that an appropriate medical referral can be made.
About 50% of people who experience sudden hearing loss recover all or some of their hearing within 1 to 2 weeks. It is important to visit your Bay Audiology clinician as soon as you experience symptoms so it can be treated as soon as possible.
Sudden hearing loss should be treated proactively. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should visit your Bay Audiology clinician as soon as possible. In most cases, normal hearing returns within 1 to 2 weeks or even sooner. The quicker you see a hearing professional, the more successful treatment can be.