Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is one type of hearing loss. Information presented by a leading audiologist in Paradise.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Types of Hearing Loss – Sensorineural Hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear nerves or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. This contrasts with conductive hearing loss, which occurs when there is interference with sound waves that travel through the outer and middle ear. Sensorineural hearing loss can not be medically or surgically corrected. It is a permanent hearing loss. This is a common cause of hearing loss seen by your audiologist.

In some cases, there is a mixed hearing loss, with components of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss not only involves a reduction in sound level, or ability to hear faint sounds, but also affects speech understanding, or ability to hear clearly. There can be great difficulty understanding conversation in the presence of background noise. The aging process is the most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss. As we get older, the inner ear nerves and sensory cells progressively die.

When you come in for your appointment at Paradise Hearing & Balance, your comprehensive exam will determine the extent of sound level reduction and the ability to understand speech clearly.

What causes sensorineural hearing loss?

In addition to advancing age, sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by:

  • Injury
  • Excessive noise exposure (high volume and/or prolonged exposure
  • Viral infections (such as measles or mumps)
  • Ototoxic drugs (medications that damage hearing)
  • Meningitis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High fever
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Acoustic tumors
  • Heredity

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss among adults (occurs in 80 percent of adult cases). Most sensorineural hearing loss can be successfully treated with hearing aids. You can learn more about types of hearing loss and how this information applies to you when you come for your appointment with an audiologist serving Chico or Paradise.

Can sensorineural hearing loss be treated?

Sensorineural hearing loss is a permanent hearing loss. Nerve cells that have died don’t regenerate, so when hearing loss is due to the loss of these cells, there is no way to regain the lost hearing. However, hearing aids may help by amplifying sounds to make them easier to hear. There are a variety of types of hearing aid technology available; your audiologist in Paradise will help you determine what type would work best for you.

How is hearing loss diagnosed?

When you come for your appointment with your audiologist in Paradise, you’ll receive a complete hearing evaluation. This will check for many different causes of hearing loss, to determine the cause or causes of your hearing loss. Then a treatment plan can be devised.

To book your appointment with Dr. Touchette, a leading audiologist in Paradise, please call our office.

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