Injury, heredity, aging, noise exposure, infection, and more can cause hearing loss. The auditory nerve is damaged in these cases, and this type of hearing loss is sensorineural. Even though sensorineural hearing loss is the most common kind, an ear infection, which belongs to a less common class, can also cause hearing loss. Ear infections causing hearing loss are of the conductive kind. Fluid in the middle ear accumulates, blocking the movement of the eardrum and the tiny bones attached to it.
Conductive hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss impacts the outer or middle ear instead of the auditory nerve. Normally, an obstruction in the middle ear causes conductive hearing loss. Your auditory nerve receives sound through the movement of the middle ear. A blockage can stop sounds from getting through the middle ear and lead to hearing loss.
The good news
Hearing loss due to ear infections is usually temporary and most often goes away with treatment. Antibiotics or tubes to drain the fluid are par for the course. Your eardrum can rupture from fluid buildup without treatment.
A more serious problem
Recurrent ear infections can lead to scarring or thickening of a membrane in your ear. The thickening/scarring of the membrane or having a hole in your eardrum can reduce hearing acuity. If treatment fails, hearing aids may be the recommended treatment. For a hearing loss, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.