The short answer: Yes.
A sinus infection can potentially cause temporary hearing loss. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses that can cause mucus buildup and pressure in the nasal passages and ear canals. This can lead to a condition called eustachian tube dysfunction, which occurs when the tubes that connect the middle ear to the back of the throat become blocked or congested. As a result, the pressure in the middle ear can change, which can cause temporary conductive hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is a type of hearing loss that occurs when sound waves are not physically conducted properly through the ear.
In addition to hearing loss, other symptoms can include:
- Ear pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- A feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Though, there are some home remedies that can give relief to your symptoms:
- Humidifiers or Nasal Spray: moisture relieves sinus pressure
- Keeping Your Head Upright: to avoid shifting the pressure and making matters worse
- Avoiding Extreme Temperatures: better to remain indoors until the symptoms ease up
In most cases, the hearing loss and other symptoms associated with eustachian tube dysfunction will resolve once the underlying sinus infection is treated. Though again, seeking out a healthcare professional to treat your sinus infection is always advised.