Speech Disorders Conditions
Speech Disorders Procedures
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Sensorineural hearing loss is often called ‘nerve deafness’. It’s caused by damage to the cochlea, or the nerve pathways between the cochlea and the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss can be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. It can affect one or both ears, and is usually permanent.
Mild – to moderately severe sensorineural hearing loss can usually be helped with hearing aids or a middle ear implant. Moderately severe to profound hearing loss can usually be helped with a cochlear implant.
Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by:
- Inherited hearing loss
- Ageing (prebycusis)
- Viral infections such as rubella, measles, mumps and cytomegalovirus.
- Drugs which damage the hearing system.
- Birth trauma.
- Complications from premature birth.
- Trauma (usually long term exposure to extremely loud noise, commonly called industrial deafness).