Article by Robin Hayward When high school teacher, Robin Hayward suddenly passed out during a routine medical appointment, she sustained a head trauma that would cause further complications. In this compelling blog post, Robin shares her story of suddenly losing the hearing in her right ear, and her search to find an effective treatment option. […]
Article contributed by Aimee Cooke, Tinnitus and Hyperacusis specialist – The Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Network For some people, sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is accompanied by sound sensitivity, also known as hyperacusis. What is Hyperacusis? Hyperacusis is a condition whereby everyday sounds that are tolerated by most people are instead found to be uncomfortable, too […]
For some people, sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is accompanied by a sudden ringing in the ears or head, known as tinnitus. Here George Leidig talks about how his own experience of tinnitus led to him becoming a co-founder of a startup called Oto. Oto is a mobile app that allows instant access to evidence-based treatment for people […]
The flow chart below shows the suggested treatment process based on the best available evidence.
Article contributed by Silvia Di Bonaventura, Paediatric Audiologist at the Royal London Hospital, UK Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) affects around 20 in 100 000 people every year. While most commonly diagnosed in patients over the age of 50, it can also occur in children and adolescents: research has found that about 6-7% of SSNHL cases […]
Article contributed by the Ménière’s Society Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) can sometimes be accompanied by vestibular (balance) disturbances such as vertigo, dizziness or balance problems. The Balance System With vestibular disorders, such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease/syndrome, Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD) and vestibular migraine, the balance organ in the inner […]
Article contributed by the British Tinnitus Association For some people, sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is accompanied by a sudden ringing in the ears or head, known as tinnitus. What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus is when you hear sound in your head or ears, when there is nothing external making the noise. Tinnitus varies from person. […]
Article contributed by Roulla Katiri, audiologist at The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. If your hearing does not recover, following sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL), there are things you can do to help. For people with mild to moderate hearing loss, a standard hearing aid in the affected ear may be used to amplify the […]
Here are some suggested questions to ask your healthcare provider during an initial consultation and a follow-up appointment regarding sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL). Sources: Infographic is an adapted version of this document from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) website (www.entnet.org) Chandrasekhar SS, Tsai Do BS, Schwartz SR, et al. Clinical […]
The following posters explain what to do if you suddenly notice you cannot hear in one or both of your ears. 1. Poster with QR Code Link to Sudden Hearing Loss Support Website 2. Poster (Without QR Code) Acknowledgement: Thank you to Aston Hearing for sharing and allowing the use of the checklists.