Temporary Hearing Loss Causes
One of the more terrifying experiences in life can be the loss, either temporary or permanent, of one’s ability to hear. Contemplating the need to wear hearing aids for the rest of one’s life can be the cause of great stress and anxiety. Even temporary hearing loss can be an experience that can cause increased stress levels and tension among family and friends. There are several causes of hearing loss that can produce temporary symptoms that may resolve themselves without medical intervention or may need the assistance of a hearing professional.
One of the most common causes for both temporary and permanent hearing loss is excessive exposure to loud noise. From employees working in high noise levels on a daily basis to music fans attending a concert, temporary hearing loss can result from noise exposure. Repeated exposure to noise levels sufficient to cause tinnitus can result in permanent hearing loss that requires medical intervention and the use of hearing aids. Consistent use of hearing protection is the key to preventing temporary hearing loss that can lead to permanent hearing loss later in life.
Physical ear maladies can include middle ear infections and the accumulation of ear wax inside the ear canal. The ear’s natural defense system of the ear is the production of ear wax, which can unfortunately become solid and clog the ear canal and cause temporary hearing loss. Having a hearing professional flush the wax out of the canal is normally a painless and short procedure that can restore hearing immediately. Bacterial infections that grow behind the ear drum can cause a middle ear infection that can cause temporary hearing loss. Normally, the virus that causes the common cold and flu can also cause bacteria to reproduce in the ear and cause a middle ear infection. The accumulation of mucus in the passageway between the ear and the throat causes the bacteria to grow. The common remedy for a middle ear infection is a course in antibiotics to kill the bacteria.
The only way to properly diagnose the cause of temporary hearing loss is to schedule a visit with a hearing health care provider, or an ear doctor. They are the only medical professionals with specific training in the structures of the ear and can recommend the most effective treatment for the symptoms of temporary hearing loss and the causes.