Can High Fever Cause Hearing Loss?

Most people believe that hearing loss is something that happens when we get “old.” However, there are many other things that can cause hearing loss, including head trauma and even loud noise exposure. But did you know there have been studies that have linked high fever to hearing loss? Read on to learn more. (source)

Sensorineural Hearing Loss & High Fever

Sensorineural hearing loss (also known as “nerve” hearing loss) is a result of damage to the hair cells, nerve fibers or both which are located in the inner ear. Although this is often caused by aging or prolonged exposure to noise, it can also be a result of a high fever. The elevated temperature from a high fever can damage the part of the ear known as the cochlea which can affect your hearing.

People with sensorineural hearing loss can hear speech sounds, but often have difficulty understanding it; it is even more challenging when background noise is present. A high fever can be brought on by many things, including a virus, a disease, or even an illness like the flu. Some other examples of these illnesses and diseases include:

  • Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox)
  • Rubella
  • Rubeola
  • Measles
  • West Nile virus
  • Mumps
  • Meningitis

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