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Experience:  Clinical instructor, NYU College of Dentistry; 37 years private practice experience in general dentistry, member Academy of General Dentistry, ADA
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can bad teeth cause hearing problem and hearing loss

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Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Mark Bornfeld, DDS replied 9 years ago.

Although almost anything is possible, one would need to really stretch the bounds of logic to explain a dental cause for hearing loss. I could go through a few technical scenarios that could illustrate the point, but it would do little to change the fact that the majority of cases of hearing impairment are due to structural or neurological derangements in either the ear, or the nerve pathways that serve the ear, and not some dental infection.

So, if you wish to explore the more likely reasons for hearing loss, you should consult with an ear, nose, and throat specialist. There is a formal diagnostic protocol that is intended to explore the more logical causes for hearing loss, and only after these usual suspects are eliminated does it make sense to assess the more remote possibilities such as dental disease.

This is not intended to trivialize the need to manage any ongoing dental problems you may have-- they merit attention, regardless of whether they are implicated in your hearing loss.

Good luck!