Can An Ear Infection Cause Hearing Loss?

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Ivor Lewis

Ivor Lewis

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr Ivor Lewis, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing has been an audiologist for nearly 20 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Ivor has been with Hidden Hearing since 1995 and took control of the Cashel branch in 2011. This branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland.

As a fully qualified Fellowship member of both the British, and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally.

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Hearing loss can affect people of any age, and can be related to birth defects, exposure to loud noises or the aging process, but did you know that ear infections can also cause hearing loss?

Ear infections, especially very severe or recurrent infections, can lead to temporary or permanent hearing problems, known as conductive hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss develops as a blockage in the middle ear, and the build-ups of fluid or earwax that result from an ear infection are among the common causes of this. When an ear infection affects the middle ear, it is known as otitis media.

tinnitusWhen An Ear Infection Causes Hearing Loss

  • Ear infections are usually treated with antibiotics, and when this is successful, hearing will be restored to normal levels. You may experience temporary hearing loss during the course of the infection, but this is not usually a cause for concern.
  • If you experience recurrent ear infections, you may find that your doctor wants to drain fluid from the eardrum via a tube. This can relieve the pressure and the pain that develops in an infection, and can prevent a ruptured eardrum.
  • If your ear infections are recurrent, you may find that the tympanic membrane in your ear becomes thicker or scars, which is known as tympanosclerosis. This is more likely to cause long-term damage to hearing, and hearing aids may be a good option for you in this instance.
  • If your hearing is affected after an ear infection, you should see an audiologist or doctor as soon as possible. You may find that hearing aids can restore a good level of hearing for you, and even if only one ear is affected, it may be that wearing hearing aids in both ears gives you the best and most balanced hearing experience.

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Can An Ear Infection Cause Hearing Loss?
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Can An Ear Infection Cause Hearing Loss?
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Ear infections, especially very severe or recurrent infections, can lead to temporary or permanent hearing problems, known as conductive hearing loss.
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Ivor Lewis

About Ivor Lewis

Mr Ivor Lewis, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing has been an audiologist for nearly 20 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Ivor has been with Hidden Hearing since 1995 and took control of the Cashel branch in 2011. This branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland. As a fully qualified Fellowship member of both the British, and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally. Find Out More About Ivor

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