An ear infection may sometimes cause a temporary or
hearing loss. This generally occurs because the
infection blocks sound from passing through the ear canal or middle ear to the
inner ear. When sound is blocked like this, it is known as conductive hearing
loss. You may hear sounds as muffled or indistinct.
See a picture
of the ear.
Types of infection that may cause
temporary or reversible hearing loss include:
Ear infections often improve on their own with home
treatment, but they sometimes require treatment with antibiotics.
Ear infections are most common in children, but they can occur at any
age. This cause of hearing loss can almost always be found during a normal
visit to your doctor.
April 13, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Steven T. Kmucha, MD - Otolaryngology
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