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Hearing Loss

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss means you have trouble hearing or you cannot hear at all in one or both ears. Hearing loss can happen suddenly or slowly over time.

What are the types of hearing loss?

Ear Anatomy

What causes hearing loss?

What are the signs and symptoms that you may have hearing loss?

How is hearing loss diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your hearing loss and examine your ears. You may need any of the following:

How is hearing loss treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your hearing loss. Removal of earwax or treatment for any medical conditions that have caused your hearing loss may be needed. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my hearing loss?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor or audiologist?

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