Singer Alka Yagnik’s sudden hearing loss sparks awareness

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By Chetana Belagere

Jun 19, 2024

Alka Yagnik’s announcement brings attention to a condition that can affect anyone, regardless of their profession or lifestyle. Hearing loss can be a distressing experience.

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Doctors South First spoke to agreed that in rare cases a viral fever can cause sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL). Tinnitus or buzzing inside the ear are also symptoms.

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Dr Achyuth Panuganti explained, “Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss occurs where after an attack of viral fever, the hearing nerve gets affected, and there is sudden hearing loss.”

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He also added that SSNHL can result from various causes, including viral infections, autoimmune diseases, and other underlying health conditions.

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It is important to seek medical attention immediately if sudden hearing loss occurs after a viral infection to maximize the potential for recovery.

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In her post Alka Yagnik also warned people to be careful of using headphones and exposure to loud music. Doctors agree with this and also urge people to heed the warning.

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Dr Panuganti highlights that it can be treated with aggressive management, particularly with steroids. Steroids help reduce inflammation and swelling in the inner ear.

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Treatment also depends on the etiology. Early recognition and prompt treatment will improve recovery from hearing loss and improve the quality of life,  Dr Madhavan adds.

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