High fever - or illness and disease that raise body temperature - can cause cochlear damage and cause hearing loss.
Our hearing system is a complex and delicate balance of interconnected parts. Although it can withstand quite a bit, certain factors can cause damage to the tiny hairs (stereocilia) and nerve cells in the inner ear, thus resulting in hearing loss. Some of these factors can include exposure to loud noises, aging, or certain medications. In some cases, illness and disease that bring on high fevers, like meningitis, mumps, jaundice and encephalitis, can also cause hearing loss.
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If you’re concerned about hearing loss or experiencing any symptoms, schedule an appointment with a hearing healthcare provider near you who can address your needs and questions.