Hearing loss


Steps to prevent hearing loss include wearing hearing protection in a workplace using loud equipment and turning down volume on TV, cell phone, and other electronic devices.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Sudden loss of hearing, particularly in one ear
  • Complete loss of hearing

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Difficult to follow conversations, especially if there's background noise
  • Sounds seem muffled
  • Turning up volume when listening to music, radio or TV
  • Affecting social interaction

Last Updated May 24, 2018

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