If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
Hearing loss can happen slowly or suddenly. It's often a natural result of aging. Long exposure to loud noise can make it worse.
If hearing loss is caused by something that can be treated, hearing will sometimes come back. But much hearing loss is permanent. Hearing aids and other devices can help.
Last Revised: April 8, 2013
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology
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