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Hearing loss is a sudden or, more often, a slow decrease in how well you hear. It can range from mild to profound. It can affect one or both ears. Hearing loss can be temporary and treatable or permanent. Hearing loss is invisible and affects people of all ages. Permanent hearing loss can happen for a variety of reasons including chronic health conditions (like diabetes or high blood pressure), aging, family history, or when you are exposed long-term loud noise, like loud music, riding motorcycles, or being around other loud machines.
Hearing loss can affect your work, home life, and relationships. It can make you feel lonely or depressed. You may feel that you have lost your independence. But hearing technology, like hearing aids and other devices, can help you hear better and feel connected to others.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Contact your doctor right away if you have a sudden loss of hearing in one ear.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 12/1/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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