How to Treat Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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What Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

Loss of cochlear function is a common cause of hearing loss. The loss of these small hair cells makes hearing progressively less acute. However, excessive noise can also harm the hair cells so that sensorineural hearing impairment becomes more common due to prolonged exposure to high-intensity noise, either from work or from listening to loud music.

Symptoms

  • Less sensitivity to soft sounds

  • Unable to distinguish different speech signals

  • Confused perception of loudness

Common Causes

Gradual Aging: Aging is a major cause of all kinds of hearing loss and thus of sensory hearing loss as well. In not understanding background noise or speech, the first signs of progressive hearing loss can be problems. At about 60 years of age, it tends to develop.

Drugs and Medicines: Some of prescription drugs and cancer treatment can have a side-effect of sensorineural hearing loss.

Genetic Condition: Genetic sensorineural hearing loss can affect or develop in infants from birth.

Noise Exposure: Loud noise exposure, which can lead to damage to the inner ear, can lead to a sensorineural loss of hearing. At work as well as outside, we are constantly exposed to sounds.

Birth-related Problems: Sensorineural hearing loss may be caused by injections while pregnant, birth symptoms, hereditary predisposition and birth prematurely.

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Treatments

Treatment for sensory hearing loss depends upon how severe your hearing loss is and whether you are having it in one ear or both.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids can help most people in both ears with mild to moderate sensory loss. Hearing aids do not contribute enough sound to increase the level of hearing loss. The reason is that sensorineural hearing loss distorts sounds which hearing aids correct.

Cochlear Implants

You may want to learn more about cochlear implants if you have severe hearing loss and hearing aids are no longer working for you. A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is implanted surgically in the ear. It bypasses the ear’s damaged inner part to induce the auditory nerve. The implants convert sound waves to electrical impulses, as opposed to hearing aids which amplify sound, so that your natural audition is imitated.

Please ask your ear doctor in OKC or healthcare provider for advice regarding hearing loss therapies. They can advise on an appropriate solution for the hearing loss. For treatments for hearing loss, visit us at Oklahoma Hearing Center. We can advise on an appropriate solution for your hearing loss.

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