An ear infection may sometimes cause a temporary or reversible hearing loss. This generally occurs because the infection blocks sound from passing through the ear canal or middle ear to the inner ear. When sound is blocked like this, it is known as conductive hearing loss. You may hear sounds as muffled or indistinct.
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Types of infection that may cause temporary or reversible hearing loss include:
Ear infections often improve on their own with home treatment, but they sometimes require treatment with antibiotics.
Ear infections are most common in children, but they can occur at any age. This cause of hearing loss can almost always be found during a normal visit to your doctor.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Steven T. Kmucha, MD - Otolaryngology|
|Last Revised||April 13, 2011|
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