SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS 

WHAT IS SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS? 

Sensorineural hearing loss happens when there is damage to the inner ear or to the nerves that travel from the ear to the brain.

Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and can make even loud noises sound muffled.

Sensorineural hearing loss symptoms:

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

SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS CAUSES

  • Aging
    Aging is a main cause of all types of hearing loss - and therefore also sensorineural hearing loss. The first signs of progressive hearing loss can be problems in understanding speech in background noise. It tends to develop at the age of about 60 years and onwards.

  • Noise exposure
    Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by loud noise exposure, which can lead to damage in the inner ear. We are constantly exposed to sounds, both at work and outside work.

  • Genetic conditions
    Genetic sensorineural hearing loss may affect infants from birth or develop later in life.

  • Congenital and birth-related hearing loss
    Injections during pregnancy, complications during birth, premature birth, and hereditary predispositions can all cause sensorineural hearing loss in newborns.

  • Drugs and medication
    Sensorineural hearing loss can be a side-effect of certain medications and cancer treatment.

SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS TREATMENT

Early treatment is recommended, as sensorineural hearing loss may lead to isolation and reduced quality of life.

This type of hearing loss can rarely be reversed by medical or surgical procedures. Sensorineural hearing loss can often be helped with hearing aids.

The best way to diagnose and treat sensorineural hearing loss is to visit a hearing professional for a full hearing evaluation.

ONLINE HEARING TEST

Our online hearing test is very easy to complete. All you have to do is answer five simple questions and listen to a few sound examples. You will receive your results immediately.

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