Sensorineural Hearing Loss

What is sensorineural hearing loss?

When you have damage to the nerves that go from the ear to the brain or to your inner ear or, you may experience sensorineural hearing loss. Unfortunately, this sensorineural hearing loss is permanent.

Symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • Loud sounds sound muffled
  • Reduced sensitivity to soft sounds
  • Ability to distinguish among different speech signals may suffer
  • Perception of loudness is affected.


What causes sensorineural hearing loss?

Below are five of the most common causes behind sensorineural hearing loss:

  • Birth-related and Congenital Causes
    Sensorineural hearing loss in newborns can be caused by complications during birth, a premature birth, injections during pregnancy, and hereditary predispositions.
  • Other genetic conditions
    Sensorineural hearing loss may be genetic and affect infants from birth or manifest later in life.
  • Aging
    As with all types of hearing, sensorineural hearing loss is caused by aging. Typically starting at 60 years of age, some of the first indicators of progressive hearing loss may be difficulty understanding speech in background noise.
  • Exposure to noise
    Because loud noise exposure can damage the inner ear, sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by loud noise. All people are bombarded by loud sounds, both at home and work.
  • Medication and drugs
    Because some drugs have such intense side-effects, sensorineural hearing loss can be a byproduct.


How do you treat sensorineural hearing loss?

Because sensorineural hearing loss can lead to isolation and reduced quality of life, most hearing care professionals recommend treatment as soon as sensorineural hearing loss is detected.

The quickest and most cost effective way to diagnose and treat sensorineural hearing loss is to schedule a full hearing evaluation with a hearing care professional.

Rarely can sensorineural hearing loss be reversed by surgical or medical procedures, but it can often be overcome with the help of hearing aids.


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