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What Causes Sudden Hearing Loss in One Ear?

Sudden Hearing Loss

Autoimmune diseases can cause sudden deafness in one or both ears. If you have hearing loss in one ear, it is important to see an ear doctor to see if you can rule out tumors on the auditory nerve. Sudden deafness in one ear can be caused from always sleeping on one ear.

Sudden deafness can take place by having the phone receiver of your landline or your cell phone against your ear. Injuries to the ear on one side of the face or even a foreign object in the ear can cause sudden deafness. Sudden deafness can first appear as either a popping noise or ringing in the ears called tinnitus. Other sudden deafness symptoms can occur with a feeling of fullness in the ear or dizziness.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sudden deafness is known as sensorineural hearing loss that can cause hearing loss in one ear in the morning when you first get up. Sudden deafness can rule out simply having a build up of ear wax that obscures proper hearing.

Many people with sudden hearing loss do not seek treatment right away because they think the loss is due to a cold or an allergy. Some sudden hearing loss suffers think the problem will go away by itself. When the hearing problem doesn’t go away, the hearing loss sufferer seeks medical attention.

When people seek treatment for hearing loss, only 10 percent tend to be diagnosed with an identifiable cause. Other problems that cause hearing loss, as in one ear, can be a side effect of using drugs to treat illnesses such as cancer or neurological disorders that include Multiple Sclerosis and blood pressure problems. Head trauma on one side, and an inner ear infection can cause sudden hearing loss in one ear.

Once your ear doctor has ruled out ear wax, ear obstruction, and fluid being the cause of your hearing problem, he can perform some tests. The doctor uses pure tone audiometry to determine different loudness pitches of sounds that you are able to hear. If you lose

30 decibels in your hearing, normal speech can sound like a whisper. Some other hearing tests might involve an MRI, blood tests, and balance tests. Many tests will be conducted until your doctor can diagnose and treat your hearing loss. If a diagnosis can not be made, you might have to be fitted for hearing aids or cochlear implants. Most ear problems are fixed with antibiotics.

The auditory medical profession is studying diseases of the inner ear that include how blood flow and inflammation affect the inner ear. Ear doctors are studying slow releasing drugs that can be injected into the ear. NICDC has a website filled with tips for what you can do about sudden hearing loss.