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An ear infection may sometimes cause a temporary or
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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofJuly 29, 2016
Current as of:
July 29, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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