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What factors can predict if I will recover from sudden hearing loss?

Eric E. Smouha, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

The chance that the hearing will recover is never certain, but there are a few predictive factors. Severe or profound losses have a lower chance of recovery than milder losses. Vertigo, when it accompanies the hearing loss, is a poor prognostic sign. Treatments are most effective when started as early as possible after the onset of the loss; unfortunately, some patients don’t regain their hearing.

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