Meningitis & Hearing Loss Find Answers

Meningitis is an infection in the lining and fluid around the brain and spinal column which can be viral, bacterial, fungal or parasitic. Keep reading to learn how meningitis can affect your hearing at any age.

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How Is Meningitis Related to Hearing Loss?

Meningitis is a serious infection, and professional medical care should be sought immediately when symptoms are noticed or suspected, as meningitis can be fatal if left untreated. Some of the primary symptoms of meningitis include:

Severe headache
Stiff neck

While meningitis doesn’t always result in hearing loss, people who have had meningitis are at a higher risk. In fact, meningitis is a top cause of sensorineural hearing loss in children and young adults under the age of 25.

Why Does Meningitis Cause Hearing Loss?

Meningitis may lead to an infection that causes a loss of sensitive hair cells in the inner ear, resulting in at least mild sensorineural hearing loss. Further physical damage to the structures of the inner ear often results in severe or even profound levels of hearing loss.

Unfortunately, just as meningitis itself can lead to hearing loss, the potent antibiotics used to treat it can cause hearing loss, as well. Medications or substances that are known to impair hearing are known as ototoxic. Click the link below to learn more about ototoxicity and your hearing.

Does Meningitis Cause Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common medical condition associated with hearing loss that is often experienced as ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears. Meningitis may leave someone with the symptoms of tinnitus even after their recovery, which can be debilitating if not properly treated with hearing aids recommended by a hearing care professional.

How Do I Know If Meningitis Gave Me Hearing Loss?

The first step on your hearing health journey is to recognize the signs of hearing loss, such as difficulty understanding words or constantly needing to turn up the volume. Watch for these symptoms, especially if you were diagnosed and treated for meningitis.

Can I Ignore the Hearing Loss Caused by Meningitis?

Meningitis is a serious health condition, and you should always seek the advice of a medical professional before, during and after your recovery.

If you are found to have hearing loss that was caused by meningitis, it’s important to remember that it can impact much more than your ability to hear. Left untreated, hearing loss can affect many aspects of your life, including your overall health and wellbeing.

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Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (sometimes called nerve-related hearing loss) is the most common type of hearing loss among adults.

Conductive Hearing Loss

A conductive hearing loss is often temporary and can sometimes be corrected with wax removal, medication or surgery.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is precisely what it sounds like: a mix of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Earbuds & Hearing Loss

Headphones and earbuds can induce hearing loss by isolating loud noises and placing them directly inside your sensitive ear canals.

Age-Related Hearing Loss

Along with exposure to loud noises, the natural aging process is the most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss.

Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss—or hearing impairment—is a reduction in your ability to hear. It can happen gradually or relatively quickly. At Beltone, we want to help you understand hearing loss and find the right solution.

Impacts of Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression, falls and other serious health conditions. It can also leave people feeling isolated and make it difficult to participate in once-loved activities. Addressing hearing loss is an important part of maintaining good health.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common medical condition associated with hearing loss that is often experienced as ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears. If you are experiencing these symptoms—intermittently or constantly—a Beltone hearing care professional can help you get relief.