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In sudden hearing loss, your hearing is reduced by more than 30 decibels over a minimum of three continuous frequencies and this hearing loss occurs over 72 hours or less. Sudden hearing loss is seen more often in people between the age of 30 years and 60 years and it tends to affect both males and females equally. Although the name is sudden hearing loss, the loss occurs over few hours.
Sudden hearing loss affects different people differently. While some people may suffer from tinnitus or vertigo, there are others who suffer from both the symptoms. The worse part is that sudden hearing loss can be permanent.
Some of the causes of sudden hearing loss are as follows:
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In the United States, each year around 25,000 people suffer from sudden hearing loss. The chance of having sudden hearing loss is one in 10,000 and those who suffer from sudden hearing loss in one ear have a higher risk of losing their hearing suddenly even in the other ear. More..