Treatment for Temporary Hearing Loss – Possible or Not?

Have you ever faced a situation when after a loud concert or a bad cold, you are not able to listen from one or both ears? Either ear is ringing and you are not able to hear properly? You may be experiencing temporary hearing loss. This is more or less of a common occurrence. These are so mild that we can’t even notice it until the ears have “popped open” and normal hearing is resumed.

Causes of temporary hearing loss

There can be many underlying causes responsible for the temporary hearing loss. These causes may include:

  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

The mechanism of the inner ear is very delicate and sensitive to loud noise, specifically louder than 85 decibels. Listening to loud noise such as concerts, not wearing earplugs while shooting firearms, you are at a risk of hearing damage. This hearing loss can be temporary or permanent depending on the level of noise and proximity to your ear.

  • Clogged Ear Canal

Sometimes the reason behind damaged hearing is the blockage in the ear. This blockage will hinder your ability to listen. Sometimes your ear may feel stuffy which may be due to excessive earwax, swelling due to ear infection, or fluid in the middle ear.

  • Ototoxic Medication

There are certain medications which prove to be toxic for your hearing. This results in the temporary hearing loss. Such medication needs to be avoided.

  • Scratches or Abrasion in the Ear Canal

Using pointed objects such as hairpin, cotton swabs or fingernail to clean your ear canal can lead to the temporary hearing loss. In such cases consult a professional as soon as possible, to treat the hearing loss.

How to Treat Temporary Hearing Loss

Treatment of temporary hearing loss depends on its underlying cause.

  • Give break to the ear

The moment you notice ringing in your ear while you are in a noisy environment, take a break by being away from that noise for a few minutes. Turn down the volume of all sound sources. Use ear protection/ear muffs to prevent further damage by loud concerts, fireworks display etc. Ear protection is also necessary if you cherish hobbies like motorcycling, snowmobiles, firearms etc.

  • Remove Blockage

One of the major reason for the temporary hearing loss is a blockage in the ear. And as soon as it is removed, your hearing may return to normal. Blockage leading to temporary hearing loss can be categorized as:

  • Earwax- Most of the time earwax is beneficial for us as it traps the dust and small particles before they reach the eardrum. Generally, earwax falls out naturally of your ear. But if excessive earwax gets impacted it leads to ear blockage. In this condition, consult an ENT professional to remove the blockage, hence restoring your hearing.
  • Ear Infection- In this case, the hearing is restored as soon as the infection is cleared. But if you experience pain or discharge from the infected ear along with high fever, headache or stiff neck, then consult a professional immediately. Getting the right treatment on time will restore the hearing to normal.
  • Swimmer’s Ear- If you experience fullness in your ear, pain or itching after a swimming session, this may be the case of swimmer’s ear. This condition or ear canal infection may be due to trapped water in your ear. The hearing can be retained to normal as soon as the water is removed from the ear. But if you tried to clean your ear using cotton swabs, hairpins or your finger, it may lead to abrasion or scratches in your ear canal. If this condition is treated properly by a medical professional, then the hearing can be restored to normal.

Consult a Professional

If you have any concerns regarding your medications, make sure to consult your Physician. If the underlying cause of your temporary hearing loss is offensive medication, then discontinuing it may restore your hearing.

Only a qualified medical professional can determine if your hearing loss is permanent or temporary. For this, you need to take an appointment with the hearing health professional. They will thoroughly evaluate your hearing to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment for it. While evaluating, the hearing professional will ask certain questions concerning your current health and hearing problem. It also determines if anything from past suggests an ongoing health issue.

Afterward, ear examination is done for any signs of abnormality before giving a hearing test to narrow down the condition of the condition. There are some conditions which require advanced testing. For these conditions, you need to visit an otolaryngologist (ENT).

Conclusion

Therefore, it is really important to consult a professional. It is to find out the cause and get appropriate treatment for the temporary hearing loss.

Not all hearing losses can be corrected, but the only way to know if it is reversible or not is to consult a hearing professional for a thorough evaluation. Since there are so many different issues leading to a temporary hearing loss. It’s important to find out the underlying cause and get it treated.



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