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What should I do if I have sudden hearing loss?

David M. Vernick, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Be aware that hearing loss that comes on suddenly is sometimes a symptom of an inner ear infection or a blood vessel problem in the inner ear. If you have an abrupt and dramatic loss of hearing, see your doctor immediately. All infections are treatable, but you have the best odds of regaining your hearing completely if the problem is diagnosed and treatment begins a week or less after the hearing loss begins.

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