Unilateral Hearing Loss

Posted on March 2, 2011. Filed under: 1, hearing education, hearing educatoin, hearing health | Tags: , , , , |

Hearing loss occurs for a variety of reasons. It can affect both your ears or only one. In this article we will discuss Unilateral Hearing loss (UHL). This condition occurs when a person suffers from loss of hearing from one ear but whose other ear is completely healthy.

The hearing loss can go from very mild to very severe and this condition can affect children and adults. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) “approximately 1 out of every 10,000 children is born with UHL, and nearly 3% of school-age children have UHL.” This condition can have negative effects on a child’s education, as well as social interaction and speech-language development. The reason for this being that most children with UHL are not diagnosed with the condition early on and do not receive any kind of treatment.

What causes Unilateral Hearing loss? ASHA states, that some of the causes include abnormality in the outer, middle or inner ear, infections or illnesses, head injury, exposure to loud noise, traumatic brain injury and genetics. For more information contact your local New Generation Miami Hearing Center.

 

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