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Occupational hearing loss

  • Alternative Names

    Hearing loss - occupational


    Treatment

    The hearing loss is usually permanent. The goal of treatment is to prevent further hearing loss, improve communication with any remaining hearing, and develop coping skills (such as lip reading).

    Using a hearing aid may improve communication. Always protect the ear from further damage. For example, wear ear plugs in noisy areas.


    Support Groups


    Expectations (prognosis)

    Hearing loss is often permanent in the affected ear. The loss may get worse if you don't take measures to prevent further damage.


    Complications

    Hearing loss may progress to total deafness.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:

    • You have hearing loss
    • The hearing loss gets worse
    • You develop other new symptoms