Sensorineural Hearing Loss is a type of hearing loss that occurs due to damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or to the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain. The possible causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss can be illnesses, drugs that can be toxic to hearing, aging, head trauma, malformation of the inner ear or it could be genetic. Symptoms of the condition include loss of acuity in distinguishing foreground voices against noisy backgrounds, difficulty understanding on the telephone, some kinds of sounds seeming excessively loud or shrill.
HOW IS SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS DIAGNOSED?
Certain audiometric tests like Auditory Brainstem Response test, Tuning Fork test, Whispering Speech test, Otoacoustic emissions tests, etc. performed by the ENT specialists to detect the exact problem leading to this ailment. Before any test, a thorough check up of the ear canals is done to check and remove earwax for accurate results.
HOW IS SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS TREATED?
While early treatment of Sensorineural Hearing Loss may increase the chances for a full recovery, steroids are the most common treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sensorineural Hearing Loss typically affects only one year.