Sensorineural Hearing Loss
A sensorineural hearing loss happens when there is damage in your inner ear. Audiologists can help if you have this type of hearing loss.
What are the signs?
When present in both ears, sensorineural hearing loss will mean you may have difficulty understanding, even when speech seems loud enough. When in one ear, you may have difficulty locating sounds or hearing in background noise.
Causes of sensorineural hearing loss
- Noise exposure – Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by loud noise exposure, which can lead to damage
- in the inner ear
Aging – Aging is a main cause of all types of hearing loss – and therefore also sensorineural hearing loss
Illnesses and conditions – Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by several health conditions including:
meningitis, Ménière’s disease, acoustic neuroma, multiple sclerosis, and malformation of the inner ear
- Genetic or hereditary conditions – Genetic sensorineural hearing loss may affect infants from birth or develop later in life
- Head trauma – Injuries to the head can cause damage to the inner ear, which in turn causes sensorineural hearing loss
- Drugs and medication – Sensorineural hearing loss can be a side-effect of certain medications and cancer treatment
- 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
- Treatment for sensorineural hearing loss
- There is no cure for sensorineural hearing loss, but hearing aids can help people with sensorineural hearing loss to hear better. The best way to diagnose and treat sensorineural hearing loss is to visit a hearing professional for a full hearing evaluation.