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Don't Ignore Sudden Hearing Loss

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Lance Allred, who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008 and 2009, was the first deaf NBA player. Hearing impaired since birth, he was able to excel in high school and college ball, become a pro, and after he retired, an in-demand motivational speaker.

But other people don't have years to learn to manage their hearing challenges; instead, they're surprised in their 50s or 60s by sudden hearing loss.

Too many fail to act quickly enough to prevent it from becoming permanent.

What's called sensorineural hearing loss is a type of nerve deafness that affects at least 60,000 people in the U.S. annually. Researchers think it may be triggered by a viral infection, immune system dysfunction, blocked blood flow to the ear, or an inflammatory injury.

According to Dr. Steven Rauch from Harvard's Massachusetts Eye and Ear, you may notice a "pop" or feel like one ear is blocked up. Then, there "is a gradual decline over several minutes or even hours, like air leaking from a tire."

Unfortunately, many people ignore the problem. And there's only a window of 10-14 days before it becomes permanent.

Prompt treatment with oral and/or injected corticosteroids is effective if the symptoms are mild. 

So if you experience sudden hearing loss in one ear, set up an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat specialist to rule out a more benign cause like excess earwax. Then if needed, get treatment that can allow you to save your hearing.

© King Features Syndicate

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