Sudden hearing loss is a temporary or even a permanent hearing reduction of 30 decibels or more in three continuous frequencies in a period of 72 hours or less. It’s not an abrupt, immediate change — like an on and off sensation — but it is a noticeable change within hours. About half of the patients diagnosed will say “When I woke up, I couldn’t hear…”
The age group most affected by a sudden hearing loss includes those between 30 and 60 years old. Most of the cases are unilateral (one ear is affected) and equally affects men and women.
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