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I had a flu like 2 weeks ago and my ears got clogged some sort of fullness feeling and hearing loss I went to the hospital and they subscribed me antibiotics cause they said I had otitis media and this was last monday and it's been the same can't really hear and feel the fullness in each ear also have read an article about a person who lost their hearing simply from a cold and I'm really scare that my hearing have been lost from having the cold, could that be possible?

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Otitis Media is very common with the flu and flu-like illnesses.  It is often one of the last things to resolve and may take a couple of rounds of medication to clear it up.  The good news is, the hearing loss is almost always temporary and rarely permanent.  
If you are worried that you might have permanent hearing loss then you have to get your hearing tested by a professional, usually a doctor of audiology. They are the hearing experts and will tell you exactly what is causing your hearing loss and what you need to do about it.  That is the only way to know for sure if there is any permanent hearing loss.

Kelley Linton, AuD
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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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