Sensorineural Hearing Loss


Sensorineural Hearing Loss

The Sensorineural hearing loss is caused due to various deficiencies in the inner ear, which it affects the nerves that are heading to the brain directly. The main places that are affected are the vestibulocochlear nerves or the auditory centre of the brain itself. This is the root cause of most of the hearing problems. The vestibulocochlear nerve is the eighth cranial nerve and carries all the sound signals to the brain vertex which in turn processes the sound so we are able to hear it. Any trouble with the cranial nerve leads to full or partial hearing loss.

Though mostly such types of hearing loss is considered as idiopathic that is impairment whose cause cannot be determined but looking at the bigger picture it is possible to estimate the causes of Sensorineural hearing loss. Some of the causes that might trigger this problem are:

  • Loud sound may be one of the causes. Sudden bursts of loud sound may cause this type of abnormality. Places like pubs where they play loud music, construction sites where there are heavy industries, firing range where there are burnt of shots.
  • Presbycusis or more often known as aging problem might hamper the hearing abilities of a person. Age generally has affect on all parts of the body and thus can take its toll on the ear as well.
  • Babies might be born with such impairment and there might be several other reasons that might cause the same problem. Sometimes it is only realized after the baby is sent for doctor’s checkup.

Treatment that is given to such patients includes the use of hearing aid and cochlear implants. Hearing aids amplify the sounds so as to make the sound more audible to the user and the cochlear implants are surgical procedure which amplifies the sound and sends it directly to the cochlear nerve.

Nerves related problems are also hard to solve and can be permanent. Proper care and advices by a specialist like an audiologist will be a proper way to kick start solving the issues.

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