Sudden Deafness17 Dec 2020
Sudden deafness, technically known as ISSNHL (idiopathic sudden sensori neural hearing loss ) is a condition wherein there is unexplained rapid loss of hearing occurring at once or over a few days .
It is usually one sided and should be treated as a medical emergency.
A simple test called pure tone audiogram helps us to provide a quick diagnosis .
Some patients complain of accompanying giddiness or ringing sound in the ears .
This hearing loss is potentially reversible when treatment is instituted quickly , preferably within 72 hours of onset .
The mainstay of treatment is corticosteroid therapy instituted orally , as intra venous injections or occasionally into the ear (injection into middle ear space )
So it’s important to seek medical attention when one experiences sudden decrease in the acuity of hearing in the absence of colds or infections / wax in the ear .