Can Chronic Ear Infections Cause Long-Term Hearing Loss?enparents out what the experts have to say.ear infection, infections, ear, hearing, can't hear, hearing loss, permanent, temporary, middle ear infection, swimmer's ear infection, ear tube surgery, problem hearing, problem with ear, ears, chronic, frequent, childhood infection, middle ear, ear canal, ear bones, hearing nerve, CD1Myringotomy08/05/201008/11/201608/11/2016Rupal Christine Gupta, MD06/15/2016f1d4a512-3215-4d14-a0c1-0b0e90660ff6<p><em>My daughter has had one ear infection after another. When she gets an infection, she seems to have trouble hearing, but with medicine it always gets better. Still, I'm worried that these infections could lead to permanent hearing loss somewhere down the line. Could this happen?</em><br /> &ndash; <em>Yasmine</em></p> <p>Ear infections are common in childhood. As with your daughter, some kids do have temporary hearing loss due to the build up of fluid in the middle ear, but it usually goes away with treatment.</p> <p>It's very rare, however, for kids to develop permanent hearing loss, even when they've had several ear infections. A child with frequent or chronic ear infections is at risk for permanent hearing loss only when damage has been done to the eardrum, the bones of the ear, or the hearing nerve.</p> <p>Since your daughter's hearing appears to return to normal after treatment for an ear infection, she's probably not at risk for permanent hearing loss. But if you're concerned, talk to your doctor about scheduling a hearing exam.</p> <p>If your daughter's ear infections continue to be a problem, the doctor might refer her to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor), who may suggest ear tube placement to help reduce the number of ear infections she gets, and limit the hearing problems they may cause.</p>
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