How is Ear Infection Associated with Hearing Loss?

Ageing, head trauma, exposure to loud noise, hereditary hearing impairment, malfunction in the inner ear are some of the most common causes of hearing loss. All these factors can damage the nerve cells in the cochlea of the inner ear that send sound signal to the brain, causing the most common and permanent type of hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss.

Besides these factors, ear infection is a lesser known cause of hearing loss. Infection causes fluid to build up in the middle ear blocking sound from passing through the eardrum to the inner ear. Ear infection-induced hearing loss is referred to as conductive hearing loss and is often temporary or reversal.

Otitis Media and Ear Infection

Otitis media is a medical term used to refer to accumulation of fluid in middle ear which causes inflammation and obstructs sounds directed to the auditory nerve.

Respiratory ailments like influenza or a cold, allergies and viral infections are condition that can lead to accumulation of pus and music behind the eardrum causing blockage of the Eustachian Tube.

What to do if you have an ear infection?

Conductive hearing loss is usually temporary and can be cured with a number of treatments. Though the condition is common amongst children, it can occur at any age.

If you experience trouble in hearing after an ear infection or have frequent infections, it is important that you consult your audiologist and get your hearing tested. Your audiologist will identify the type and degree of your hearing loss and suggest the best solution option for you condition.

 

More often than not, ear infection is treated with antibiotics. If effective, antibiotics can restore the impaired hearing back to normal. In case of recurrent ear infections, a tube may be inserted in the eardrum help drain the fluid accumulated in the middle ear. Moreover, if these treatments don’t work, your physician may suggest hearing aids to restore the hearing back to normal.

There are several hearing aid providers in Adelaide that offer advanced hearing devices from reputed brands such as Phonak, Starkey, Widex and Siemens Hearing Aids. If you’re dealing with hearing loss, find the best device for your hearing needs with the help of your audiologist and prevent your condition from getting worse.

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