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Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Date: 2012-01-11


Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss.  More than 90 percent of all hearing aid wearers have sensorineural hearing loss.


The most common causes of sensorineural hearing loss are age related changes and noise exposure.  Sensorineural hearing loss may also result from disturbance of inner ear circulation, increased inner fluid pressure or from disturbances within the hearing nerve.  Sensorineural hearing loss is also called “cochlear loss” and “inner ear loss” and is commonly called “nerve loss”.


Years ago, many professionals thought there was nothing that could be done for sensorineural hearing loss – that is absolutely incorrect!!!  There are many options for patients with sensorineural hearing loss.


People with sensorineural hearing loss typically report that can hear people speaking, but they can’t understand what they’re saying.  People with sensorineural hearing loss also complain that “everyone mumbles.”  They also usually hear better in quiet places and may have difficulty understanding what is said on the telephone.