Sudden Hearing Loss
Sudden hearing loss is defined as a loss of hearing that begins with no warning and for no apparent reason, developing over 24 hours or less. The hearing loss arises in the hearing organ of the inner ear (cochlea) or in the hearing nerve, not in the middle or outer ear.
Most cases of sudden hearing loss are viral, and most patients are treated with steroids. Patients with mild degrees of hearing loss usually recover.
Despite the fact that sudden hearing loss is a relatively common disease that has been the subject of considerable clinical research, sudden hearing loss continues to be vexing for doctor and patient because the cause often cannot be determined, the treatment isn’t always effective, and the prognosis is usually uncertain.
Many patients with sudden hearing loss are initially given another diagnosis, such as ear infection or wax impaction, and so the true nature of their problem may not be recognized until later, delaying appropriate treatment. Even with prompt treatment, however, patients may not improve, and hearing loss may be permanent.
Mount Sinai can help
Don't assume that your hearing cannot be restored. Doctors at the Hearing and Balance Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating sudden hearing loss. Please call us at 212-241-9410 to schedule an appointment.