Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Also known as: SNHL.

What is sensorineural hearing loss?

Sensorineural hearing loss is one of many types of hearing loss. It occurs due to damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or the nerves that connect the inner ear to the brain.

What causes sensorineural hearing loss?

A number of factors can lead to sensorineural hearing loss. They include drugs, aging, head injuries, certain illnesses, exposure to loud noise or genetic defects.  

What are the symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss? 

Sensorineural hearing loss causes loud sounds to be muffled or unclear. Faint sounds can be difficult to hear at all.

What are sensorineural hearing loss care options? 

Hearing aids can help people with sensorineural hearing loss. In some cases, surgery can restore some of a person’s hearing.

Reviewed by: Yamilet Tirado, MD

This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 2:10:26 PM

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