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Sudden Hearing Loss

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Last full review/revision Feb 2021| Content last modified Feb 2021
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What is sudden hearing loss?

See a doctor right away if you have sudden hearing loss.

What causes sudden hearing loss?

Most often, doctors can't find a cause for sudden hearing loss.

When there is a cause, it's usually something obvious like:

What will happen at my doctor visit?

How do doctors treat sudden hearing loss?

Doctors treat any health problem that's causing your hearing loss. If they can't tell what's causing your hearing loss, they may try giving you:

  • Corticosteroids by mouth or as a shot in your ear

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