What Can I Know about Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

Q:
What can I know about sensorineural hearing loss?

A:
Sensorineural hearing loss happens most often from damage to the hair cells in the inner ear. Other causes include damage to the auditory nerve or the brain.

Aging and exposure to loud noise may cause wear and tear on the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that send sound signals to the brain. When these hairs or nerve cells are damaged or missing, electrical signals aren’t transmitted as efficiently, and hearing loss occurs.

Higher pitched tones may become muffled to you. It may become difficult for you to pick out words against background noise. Heredity may make you more prone to these changes.

It is usually permanent. A hearing aid or cochlear implant may make things better.

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