Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss - What You Need to Know
Most sensorineural hearing loss develops over time as the body ages, and its systems begin to run down. However, it’s also possible to be born with a deficiency in the inner ear cochlea, where our hearing converts sound vibrations to nerve signals our brains can understand.
This is a miraculous world audiologists are only beginning to fully understand properly. To be honest, there’s little medical science can do to restore the deficit except to recommend hearing aids. However, in the case of sudden sensorineural hearing loss doctors may be able to repair the condition.
What is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
It’s a mouthful to say, but is quite simple in what it actually is. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is also known as sudden deafness, resulting in unexplained hearing loss.
How Common in Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss in one ear is most common in adults in their 40s and 50s. The official rate is 1% of them have it every year. Although the number may be higher because not everybody reports it.
That said, the condition classifies as a medical emergency because the hearing loss may become permanent if the symptoms are not treated early. This is definitely a case of ‘a stitch in time saves nine’.
The Onset of Sudden Adult Hearing Loss
The affected person typically notices the onset when they awaken in the morning. However, others only become aware of it when they have sudden difficulty following phone conversations. But still others may hear a loud, alarming pop before the hearing in one ear dims instantly.
Those with the condition may also become dizzy, or experience the onset of tinnitus ‘ringing’ in their ears. The most important thing about sudden sensorineural hearing loss is not to ignore it in the hope it will go away.
What Does It Feel Like to Go Deaf Suddenly?
The ear feels dull as if something is stuffed in one ear canal. If you had water in your ear from swimming as a child, you may recall something similar. You have difficulty following conversations others hear clearly. It’s almost as if there’s a shield around you. You feel semi-isolated from the community.
Some people enter a period of denial at this stage. The might convince themselves:
- It’s a passing thing, I don’t have to do anything
- I don’t want to make a fuss about a small thing
- I am imagining this. I can still hear quite well
It’s not good to think this way. That’s because you could have permanent hearing damage if you don’t do something. Therefore it’s wisest to take a hearing test soon as you can. And follow up with a trip to the doctor if you have sudden sensorineural hearing loss.
Taking the Audiology Hearing Test
Confronting sudden hearing loss can be an alarming experience. Our minds ratchet up to hyper drive levels as we imagine all kinds of consequences. It’s best to take professional advice at times like this. In this instance we need to take a hearing test at a registered audiologist. Most hearing aid shops are not up to doing this properly.
If you had average-to-good hearing previously (or have an earlier audiogram) you should be able to get a definitive result). You will know you have sudden sensorineural hearing loss if the audiologist says you shed at least 30 dB in three adjacent frequencies.
Major Medical Reasons for Sudden Loss of Hearing
Doctors are unable to pinpoint single, definitive reasons for the condition in 85% of cases.
However, they do know the cause may be some type of inner ear inflammation. This may be the result of a viral event, or a side-effect of an autoimmune infection.
We are not medical specialists at Blue Angels Hearing. We have heard 35% to 39% of patients recover their hearing fully. The main takeaway from this article is see a medical specialist early, if you think you may have the condition.
Treating Lingering Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
You may have to wait and see what happens, after you do the right thing and speak to a medical professional. And while you do you have to join the ranks of some 10% of Americans with diminished hearing.
It’s a real bind not being able to have decent conversations with family and friends. Hearing aids could probably help you. However, it may not make sense to splash our on $5,000 equipment you may possibly only need for a few weeks.
How Blue Angels Helps Restore Hearing
If that’s the case you may be interested in a pair of hearing aids available direct without hearing test or prescription. Our prices range between $400 and $600 a pair, depending on the model you choose. All are genuine, digital rechargeable hearing aids that should help make conversation understandable again.
We say ‘should’ because you may also have sudden hearing loss that’s not related to your inner ear. We offer a written, money back guarantee if our products do not improve your hearing as you hoped.