What you’ll find on this page
- The signs of sudden hearing loss.
- One woman's story about her sudden hearing loss.
- How to take the next steps to better hearing.
sudden hearing loss?
What are the signs of sudden hearing loss
Waking up in the morning unable to hear.
Unable to hear on the phone.
A loud "pop" just before hearing suddenly disappears.
Dizziness and ringing in the ears.
Sudden hearing loss can have a major impact on your life — as
What should I do if I suddenly lose my hearing?
Don't ignore it and hope your hearing comes back naturally. See a doctor so they can try to determine its cause and rule out any serious illnesses such as stroke or bacterial infection. They may be able to treat the underlying cause with medication.
How can you treat sudden hearing loss?
About half of all people who suffer sudden hearing loss find that some or all of their hearing comes back spontaneously, usually within one to two weeks.1
If your hearing fails to return, you should get your hearing tested by a hearing health professional who can diagnose and recommend the best treatment for you.
Don't accept hearing loss as part of getting older
Losing your hearing may seem like a part of ageing that's unavoidable, but there are ways to help improve your hearing, even when hearing aids no longer work. Research suggests a link between hearing loss and loneliness, depression and dementia.2
That's why if you think you have hearing loss, it's important you take action as soon as possible. Ignoring the signs can affect more than just your ability to hear. It can also affect your confidence, your relationships and your self-esteem.