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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.
See a picture of the ear.
Types of infection that may cause temporary or reversible hearing loss include:
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||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology|
|Last Revised||April 8, 2013|
Last Revised: April 8, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
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