For most people, hearing loss is something that occurs gradually as we age. However, there are other things that can cause sudden hearing loss. Studies have shown that a high fever is an ailment that can cause permanent and significant hearing loss.
A high fever can cause sensorineural hearing loss, which is “nerve” hearing loss. When the hair cells and/or nerve fibers in the inner ear or cochlea become damaged, it causes permanent hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss makes it difficult to understand speech, especially with background noises. Although this type of hearing loss cannot be recovered or corrected, it can be treated with hearing aids.
In some cases the high fever accompanies a illness, flu, virus, or disease. In some cases they cannot be prevented, but in other cases, there are vaccinations that can prevent some illnesses and diseases that can cause a high fever. Some examples of these illnesses and diseases include:
- Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox)
- West Nile virus
Meningitis often causes a high fever that causes hearing loss. While there is no vaccination to prevent meningitis, early treatment can prevent or minimize hearing loss due to the high fever that usually accompanies meningitis.
Consult with the Professionals at Hearing Aid Counselors
At Hearing Aid Counselors, we are here to help you maintain your hearing health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient hearing center locations if you think you might have any type of hearing loss. We have a team of experienced hearing care professionals that can answer all your questions and work with you to find the best solution for your hearing and listening needs.