Ear Stroke (Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss)
Sudden severe hearing loss and deafness in one ear are both common symptoms of ear stroke. Ear stroke is also known as sudden sensorineural hearing loss. In as short as three days, the patients will suddenly lose part or all of their hearing ability. Meanwhile, they may experience sudden dizziness, tinnitus and earache. At the initial stage, many people would not take the symptoms seriously as they may think that it is only due to blockage of the ear canals caused by ear wax. Some may even think that the symptoms would disappear after a while, thus delaying the time for medical consultation. In fact, sudden sensorineural hearing loss is considered an emergency situation and the first two weeks after the onset of illness is the golden period for treatment. Once hearing abnormalities are detected, patients should seek medical advice as soon as possible. In the absence of timely and appropriate treatment, it could be difficult for the patients to recover their lost hearing. In the worst case, the condition may even lead to permanent deafness.