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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:

  • 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.
  • Your hearing loss is sudden and prolonged. This is considered a hearing emergency and better outcomes are typically associated with rapid evaluation and treatment.

Do not delay getting medical attention if your hearing loss is associated with any of the following:

  • 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 6/4/2014
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