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Sudden Hearing Loss

Medical Condition

Name: Sudden Hearing Loss

Alternate Names: Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL) or deafness.

Associated Anatomy: Ears or nerves associated with the ears.


Sudden hearing loss may be caused by a variety of factors which include infection, Meniere’s disease, continuous exposure to loud noise (occupational or recreational), traumatic injury, acoustic neuroma or skull fractures that injure nerves associated with the ear.

Symptoms of Sudden Hearing Loss

Sign or Symptoms:

Symptoms of sudden hearing loss include ringing in the ears (tinnitus), ear pain with hearing difficulty, headache with hearing difficulty, and difficulty with hearing conversations or television programs at a level that others would consider normal.

Treating Sudden Hearing Loss or Treatment of Sudden Hearing Loss

Possible Treatment:

Sudden hearing loss can sometimes be treated with surgery or the use of hearing aids and medications that improve blood flow to the middle ear. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) stimulates the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) which helps augment the success of other treatment measures. Studies have shown the benefits of HBOT in the treatment of individuals with sudden hearing loss must begin within three months of the onset of the disease.

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