3 Main Differences Between Temporary and Permanent Loss of Hearing

When things start to sound a little fuzzy, you may start to question the state of your hearing. Are you just getting older or is there a serious problem? Not knowing which it is could lead to the problem getting worse.

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Thankfully, there are some things you should look out for in order to tell whether your hearing loss is permanent or temporary so that you can be worry-free.

Source of the Impairment

Even if you’re ready to enjoy the convenience offered by RIC hearing aids they may not be necessary, depending on what’s causing your hearing loss. Temporary hearing loss is usually caused by sound not reaching the inner ear because there’s something in the way or the brain isn’t processing the sound that is reaching it. This can be caused by a number of things, such as a buildup of wax, ear infections, certain medications, or exposure to a loud noise that has damaged the nerves in the ear.

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Permanent hearing loss has a more serious root; it could be hereditary, nerve damage, stroke, high fever, or damage to some part of the middle or inner ear.


It’s obvious that temporary hearing loss can receive treatment while permanent hearing loss cannot. In the majority of cases, the hearing will come back after a period of time. Permanent hearing loss, however, is gone forever. But that doesn’t mean your helpless; there are steps you can take to maintain your quality of life, such as getting hearing aids or learning sign language.

If you’re really concerned about your hearing, it’s a good idea to check with a doctor to see what can be done. Even temporary hearing loss can become permanent if it doesn’t receive immediate attention.

The Symptoms

With temporary hearing loss, it usually happens very suddenly and comes with an onset of certain symptoms. These can include dizziness, having problems with balance, problems differentiating conversations from background noise, and a ringing sound in the ear. This kind of hearing loss can be debilitating, but with care, one’s hearing can return.

Permanent hearing loss can also occur suddenly, but it is more likely to be a gradual process that takes place over time. As we grow older, the nerves in our ear tend to wither and not work as well as they used to. It’s not something that can be repaired easily, which is why hearing aids are a great choice to maintain some control over your life.

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Being able to function on your own with hearing loss can seem like scary prospects, but it’s better to remain calm and collected even when it feels like everything is falling down around you. It’s a natural thing that happens to a lot of people, and permanent hearing loss happens to a lot of seniors. It’s not something to be embarrassed about. Come to terms with the fact that your senses aren’t as good as they used to be and get checked out to see what can be done about maintaining your quality of life.

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