Sudden Hearing Loss

Imagine you woke up one morning and couldn’t hear out of one ear. Would you know what to do? Would you seek treatment? Unfortunately, for most people the answer to both of these questions is a resounding no.

Every year, one out of every 5000 adults experiences sudden onset hearing loss Also known as sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or SSHL, sudden onset hearing loss occurs all at once or over the course of several days. For most people, the immediate assumption is that they are suffering from allergies, an earwax blockage or sinus infection, so they might decide not to seek treatment. But here’s what you need to know: Sudden onset hearing loss is considered a medical emergency, and prompt treatment might just save your hearing.

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Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer, Healthy Hearing | Monday, June 8th, 2015

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