Hearing loss doesn’t have to be permanent. If you’ve started experiencing it all of a sudden, chances are it’s just temporary. There are many things that can cause this. Here we’ll take a look at the three most common causes of temporary hearing loss.
1. Earwax Buildup
Earwax occurs naturally in your ears. Its primary role is to protect the ear canal from environmental damage. But it’s also important to clean it on a regular basis. Otherwise, earwax can build up and penetrate the ear canal. It can then get stuck and prevent the sound waves from reaching the inner ear. As a result, you may experience temporary hearing loss.
2. Noise Exposure
Sudden hearing loss can also occur after an exposure to loud sounds. This can happen after you’ve attended a concert or if you work in a particularly loud workplace. A few days of rest are usually enough to restore your hearing. But if the noise exposure goes on for a while, it can cause noise-induced hearing loss. And if you don’t take steps to reduce your exposure to loud sounds, your hearing loss could become permanent.
3. Otitis Media
Otitis media is a medical term for an infection of the middle ear. This condition occurs when bacteria penetrate the eardrum and get stuck in the area behind it. Over time, the infection leads to a buildup of fluids in the middle ear area. This fluid then presses onto the ear and causes problems hearing. The only way to remedy it is by taking antibiotics for a certain amount of time.
These are the three main causes of temporary hearing loss. Luckily, you can treat them all easily. However, it’s important to go to your doctor as soon as you notice the early symptoms. Only an early start of the treatment can help stop your hearing problems from progressing.