Sudden hearing loss is as known as sudden deafness. The cause is not obvious. When you suffer from sudden hearing loss, you lose your hearing ability rapidly. Usually, it only occurs in one ear. According to the literature, about 90% of sudden hearing loss patients haves hearing loss in either left or right ear. Sudden hearing loss should be treated as a medical emergency. If you experience sudden hearing loss, you should immediately seek help from doctors because any delays would make the treatment less effective. In the worst case, if you miss the golden treatment time, your hearing ability is lost permanently. However, most of the people would not visit the hospital because they think that their sudden hearing loss is due to the block of earwax, sleepless and infection. I have suffered from sudden hearing loss for three times in 3 months. I hope this post can raise your attention of sudden hearing loss. It is not a minor disease. If you do not treat it properly, you will lose hearing ability forever.
Usually, patients with sudden hearing loss notice about the disease when they wake up in the morning. And, some people notice their sudden hearing loss when they try to use the deafened ear to receive a phone call. Also, some people have a loud ringing or a “pop” sound before losing the hearing ability. The other syndrome of sudden hearing loss is feeling dizzy often.
So, back to the topics. What are the causes of sudden hearing loss?
Actually, they are no obvious or definite reasons for the sudden hearing loss. My doctor did know the main reason of my sudden hearing loss. He said that an NMRI (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging) must be conducted to find out the cause. But, I have to wait for a year to have the test. It is frustrating. Although my example has no clear reason, there are some cases with an identifiable cause, about 10-15% of the total cases of sudden hearing loss. The reasons are:
1. Infectious diseases
2. Trauma, such as a head injury
3. Autoimmune diseases such as Cogan’s syndrome
4. Ototoxic drugs (drugs that harm the sensory cells in the inner ear)
5. Blood circulation problems
6. A tumor on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain
7. Neurologic diseases and disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
8. Disorders of the inner ear, such as Ménière’s disease
(The above reasons are copied from NIDCD for your reference.)
Again, I want to remind you that if you are suffering from sudden hearing loss now, I urge you to visit a doctor promptly. Otherwise, your hearing ability cannot recover to the normal level. It means you cannot hear the birds singing or other light sounds. This must affect the relationship with your family, friends, colleagues … Even wearing a hearing aid cannot give you back 100% hearing ability. So, you know what to do now!
Do you have suffered from sudden hearing loss? Or, you want to know more about this? You can leave your comments below. Looking forward to your feedbacks.