Sudden Hearing Loss or Sudden Deafness
One of the most baffling hearing loss situations involves the relatively quick loss of hearing in one or both ears. This can occur in a matter of hours or days, and is devastating to those who experience it. Sudden hearing loss affects one in 5000 persons every year! That’s 60,000 persons each year in the US alone!
Doctors don’t really know the cause of sudden hearing loss – it may involve autoimmune disease and/or a viral infection. The most promising treatment is steroids, which can bring at least partial recovery in about half of the cases if treatment is started immediately.