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What is sensorineural hearing loss?

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Alexandra Tarvin, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Easley

01 June 2016 - 1312 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.

What can be done to help nerve deafness?

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Teresa Burns, AuD

Doctor of Audiology in Auckland

10 May 2016 - 1056 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

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 - 1582 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 hearing aids are best for sensorineural hearing loss?

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Matthew Pearson

Hearing Aid Audiologist in London

31 January 2018 - 673 Views

To add to what my esteemed colleagues have already said, sound quality is also certainly an important factor, so if you can (having had the hearing instruments correctly set up) do what I would term "The Pepsi Challenge" (other cola beverages are available) by auditioning two hearing aids side by side, you may find the sound quality is near identical (the next patient may have a definite preference between one & the other) if that is the case are the cosmetics/comfort superior on one compared to the other? The only right aid is the device that is... Read more