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What to do When you Suddenly Lose Your Hearing

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
Michael Layland, M.D.

When you wake up in the morning and experience sudden hearing loss, who are you going to call?

Your ENT doctor!

Here’s why getting a same-day appointment at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center is better than the ER or your primary care physician for sudden hearing loss.

While many individuals with a sudden change in hearing rush to their primary care physician or ER, unfortunately, these healthcare providers can only help if the hearing loss is due to earwax and treat some types of ear infections. An otolaryngologist and audiologist can diagnose and treat for all types of sudden hearing loss; earwax, ear infection (outer and middle), and sudden sensorineural hearing loss. The sooner the cause is identified and treatment initiated, the better chance for full recovery of hearing.

Common etiologies that can cause a sudden hearing loss include earwax, ear infection, virus/infection (eg. Mumps, varicella, HIV, etc.), vascular (blood flow problems to the inner ear), autoimmune disease, neurological, and medication side effects. A thorough exam of your ear, middle and inner ear functioning, and threshold levels can identify which area of the ear is affected and what treatment is needed.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, please schedule an appointment with us today so we can determine the underlying cause and create a treatment plan. Schedule your appointment at the Ear, Nose, and Throat Center today. Call 847-685-1000

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