Listen carefully: When you notice hearing loss of any type, whether it’s just for a few seconds or only in noisy places, you should have your hearing checked immediately. Hearing loss comes in different forms, with varying treatments, and it is important to find the best path for your hearing and the health of your ears.
Types of hearing loss
If you are experiencing hearing loss of any kind, a hearing test with a trained audiologist or hearing professional can help you understand your particular type of loss and its best course of treatment.
Following are several common types and terms when it comes to hearing loss:
Temporary hearing loss: Often induced by noise (a loud rock concert, for instance), temporary hearing loss  generally only lasts for a few hours and is often accompanied by ringing in the ears. A word of caution: if you are continually exposed to loud noises, temporary hearing loss can become permanent.
Permanent hearing loss: Unlike temporary loss, permanent hearing loss  cannot be reversed and usually involves damage to the auditory nerves. Treatment typically requires the use of hearing aids.