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What is sensorineural hearing loss?

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Alexandra Tarvin, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Easley

01 June 2016 - 996 Views

Sensorineural hearing loss is a reduced sensitivity to sound from damage, malfunction, or malformation in the sensory and/or neural auditory pathways. This can occur within the cochlea (organ of hearing) from damaged stereocilia, hair cell bodies, nerve connections, or the 8th cranial nerve itself. It is not necessarily nerve damage itself but this could play a role in causing the hearing loss.

Is nerve damage to the ear due to loud noise reversible?

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Matthew Pearson

Hearing Aid Audiologist in London

27 October 2016 - 1178 Views

Yes and no! If you are exposed to excessive levels of noise ie a concert you may get a temporary threshold shift ie your hearing ability will reduce temporarily however continued exposure can lead to a permanent reduction in hearing ability. Custom hearing protection if exposed to noise regularly is a must. You have been warned!

What can be done to help nerve deafness?

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Teresa Burns, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Auckland

10 May 2016 - 786 Views

"Nerve Deafness" is a term which people sometimes use to refer to sensorineural hearing loss, or hearing loss due to damage to the cochlea (inner ear) or the nerve connecting the cochlea to the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss is permanent and can be caused by aging, exposure to loud noise, genetic conditions, ototoxic medication, illnesses and other things.There is no medical treatment for sensorineural hearing loss but hearing aids and amplification systems usually can help. The first step is to have a full audiological evaluation (hearing test... Read more

What hearing aids are best for sensorineural hearing loss?

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Abram Bailey, AuD

Doctor of Audiology, Hearing Tracker Founder

31 January 2018 - 278 Views

There really are no "best" hearing aids for sensorineural hearing loss, and in fact most common hearing aids target sensorineural hearing loss (since it is by far the most common form of hearing loss). I would suggest that you find an audiologist who can assess your specific listening needs in a comprehensive manner, and who can objectively and subjectively measure the effectiveness of the recommended product(s) through the following:Real ear measurements - This measurement ensures that adequate amplification is provided for your specific hearing... Read more