Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: 1, hearing education, hearing educatoin, hearing health | Tags: , , , , |

According to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) there are three types of hearing health conditions, these include: conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, and mixed hearing loss. In this article we will go over Sensorineural hearing loss or SNHL.

ASHA explains Sensorineural hearing loss as a condition that occurs “when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain.” This type of condition, cannot be corrected either medically or surgically. It results in permanent hearing damage leading to hearing loss.

Some of the causes of this condition include aging, head trauma, malformation of the inner ear, exposure to loud noise, drugs that affect hearing negatively, as well as genetics. ASHA states that “the estimated yearly incidence of SSHL is 5 to 20 cases per 100,000 persons.” For more information, or if you believe you might suffer from this condition, contact your local audiologist such as Dr. Joseph Duran, who will be able to diagnose you and give you the appropriate treatment.

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