Is hearing loss always permanent? This is a popular question, and one that is very important to understand and investigate if you are experiencing any type of difficulty hearing. There are different types of hearing loss, and not all hearing loss is permanent. If you have temporary hearing loss it is important to understand the underlying cause, and seek treatment so it doesn’t become permanent.
Health-related issues, including allergies, or an obstruction can cause temporary hearing loss. Any time you notice changes in your hearing, you should seek medical attention. Depending on the cause, you might need to see an audiologist or an ear, nose & throat specialist.
Here are some causes of temporary hearing loss:
In many cases noise-induced hearing loss is permanent hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can occur after exposure to a single, extremely loud noise, such as an explosion. However, it can also happen after being exposed to relatively loud noise over many years. Over time, even household noises, such as a vacuum cleaner, your lawn mower or even a blender can take a toll on your hearing.
Certain illnesses with associated high fevers, such as measles and meningitis, can cause permanent hearing loss. While many “childhood illnesses” aren’t as common as a century ago,
The Campaign for Better Hearing works with hearing care providers across the country to educate the public about the risk of hearing loss. If you or a loved one is experiencing hearing loss, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our affiliated practices to learn more about the causes and treatment, and to learn if you have permanent hearing loss.*