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Sudden hearing loss is a medical emergency, but doctors can miss the signs

‘Sudden sensorineural hearing loss’ (SSNHL), or sudden deafness requires near-immediate treatment to ensure a patient doesn’t lose their hearing permanently.

Unfortunately, many cases are still being missed, dismissed or otherwise not addressed by GPs, according to a recent ABC News report.

The uncommon condition causes the loss of hearing in one (or rarely, both) ears over a period of hours or days with no obvious cause.

Although experts think that the cause may be linked to viral or vascular conditions, the mechanism causing the hearing loss is unknown.

What is clear is that once infection, wax build-up and other conditions causing hearing loss are ruled out, SSNHL should be considered the next most likely cause and treatment with steroids offered as soon as possible, as patients have the best chance of recovery when they’re given within 72 hours of hearing loss.

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Source: ABC News