Hearing Loss (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care
If you cannot determine the cause of your hearing loss, see a doctor. Other symptoms that require a trip to the doctor include the following:
- Your hearing loss is sudden and prolonged. This is considered a hearing emergency and better outcomes are typically associated with rapid evaluation and treatment.
- You have associated symptoms such as ringing in the ears or vertigo.
- You have a fever or pain.
- You are taking any medications that affect hearing.
Do not delay getting medical attention if your hearing loss is associated with any of the following:
- Signs or symptoms of other serious neurologic conditions such as a stroke (slurred speech, facial drop, difficulty moving one side of your body)
- Recent or present foreign body in the ear
- Fluid or blood coming from the ear
- Recent pressure changes (diving)
- Fever not controlled with acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Severe trauma to the head
- Sudden unilateral hearing loss
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2015
Angelique S Kelly Campen, MD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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