Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

by Lauren Conte

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common form of permanent hearing loss. 

What is sensorineural hearing loss?

This type of hearing loss occurs when the cochlea or the nerves leading from the ear to the brain are damaged.

The biggest causes of this type of hearing loss include:

  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Aging
  • Head trauma
  • Malformation of the inner ear
  • Illnesses
  • Meniere's Disease
    • This is a chronic ailment that affects balance and hearing due to built up fluid in the inner ear. 

Here is a short clip, illustrating sensorineural hearing loss: 

Can Sensorineural Hearing Loss be Treated? 

Unfortunately, this type of hearing loss is permanent. However, many find that hearing aids help relieve the symptoms related to this type of hearing loss. Also, minimizing exposure to loud noises/wearing protective earwear when exposed to loud environments for extended amounts of time can help you to avoid premature hearing loss. 

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