Sudden Loss in Hearing in Waukesha WI

Hearing Loss and Prevention Waukesha WI Sudden Hearing Loss

A sudden loss in hearing is a medical emergency. Individuals who experience a sudden hearing loss should seek medical attention immediately. Delay in the treatment of a sudden hearing loss can greatly impact the effectiveness of treatment options in Waukesha WI.

Hearing Loss in Waukesha WI

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a rapid change in hearing, typically in one ear occurring at once or over a couple of days. Oftentimes, patients describe associated symptoms of ringing, fullness, and/or dizziness in the ear.

Diagnosis of a sudden hearing loss follows a comprehensive exam of the affected ear by an otolaryngologist (ENT doctor) and completion of a comprehensive hearing evaluation by an audiologist. Additional testing may follow to localize the cause of the sudden hearing loss. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), only about 10-15% of individuals diagnosed with sudden hearing loss have an identifiable cause. Some of the possible causes are infection, trauma, autoimmune diseases, ototoxic medications, circulation problems, tumors, neurologic diseases, and Meniere’s disease.

The most common treatment option for sudden sensorineural hearing loss is the use of corticosteroids in either pill form or by direct injection into the middle ear. Treatment options will be determined by the otolaryngologist based on the exam and hearing test results.

If you are experiencing a sudden loss of hearing, contact your physician immediately.


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Moreland ENT

1111 Delafield St UNIT 102
Waukesha, WI 53188

(262) 547-1614

Professional Hearing Services

1111 Delafield St #102A
Waukesha, WI 53188

(262) 549-5150