When someone rapidly loses hearing when no injury or trauma has occurred, we refer to it as sudden deafness. A person experiencing sudden deafness, called Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), should seek medical attention immediately.
Often times, people experience this sudden hearing loss in only one ear and think it will resolve itself. Maybe they have a cold or a sinus infection and think it will go away when their other symptoms go away. Many times, people experience a loud popping noise just before the sudden deafness happens. They then may become dizzy or experience ringing in their ears.
With proper medical care, about 50% of the people suffering from sudden deafness will regain their hearing within 7-14 days. If you believe you or a loved one are suffering from sudden deafness (SSHL) we recommend you seek treatment as soon as possible.