What Does Permanent Hearing Loss Mean?

Sensorineural hearing loss

Permanent hearing loss is also known as sensorineural hearing loss, and it occurs in 90% of patients who are diagnosed with hearing loss, meaning it cannot be surgically or medically corrected.  It is the most common type of hearing loss found today. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the hair cells in the inner ear and/or hearing nerve have become damaged and do not transmit signals to the brain.

Causes and symptoms

While the causes of hearing loss can vary, they include aging, genetic predisposition, noise exposure, medications, and trauma, or sudden loss can be due to a virus or infection. New studies have revealed links to hearing loss related to smoking and obesity.

Symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss can include:

• Having difficulty understanding speech in degraded acoustic environments, such as in a restaurant or party environment.

• Lacking clarity or understanding of sentences.

• Asking people to repeat themselves.

• Feeling like other people are mumbling.

• Difficulty with female voices.

• Turning up the TV volume but still not understanding the speech clearly.

It is important to understand your specific hearing loss. Sometimes it takes several discussions with your AudigyCertified audiologist and with your family for things to “click.” By better understanding your hearing loss, you will gain new insights into why you think people are mumbling, why you hear but cannot understand, why you have difficulty with female voices, and the other questions you have been asking yourself for so long. Sensorineural hearing loss can be treated by the use of prescribed digital hearing aids to hear what you’ve been missing.

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