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Sudden hearing loss

Definition: in 24 hours or less, a person loses hearing in one ear.  This is a medical emergency and the patient needs to see an ear, nose and throat doctor as soon as possible.

Symptoms/possible causes: the symptom is a sudden loss of hearing in one ear occurring in less that 24 hours, usually associated with ringing in the same ear, and fullness in the same ear, and possibly dizziness. I believe the cause is a blocked blood vessel to the hearing part of the inner ear.  But the exact cause is not known.

Possible course of treatment: after a careful ear exam and hearing test, it is cortisone and a Vasodilator if there is a high frequency loss; or a diuretic and Vasodilator if a low frequency hearing loss is found.

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