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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Children

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 […]

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What is it?

What is Sudden Hearing Loss? Hearing loss is often thought of as something that gradually happens as we get older, but it can sometimes happen suddenly, and at any age. There are two main types of sudden hearing loss: conductive hearing loss and sensorineural hearing loss. 1. Sudden Conductive Hearing Loss Conductive hearing loss happens […]

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How is it Diagnosed?

How is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) Diagnosed? When you first realise you have had a sudden loss of hearing, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Treatment within 24-48 hours of onset is thought to be most effective and acting quickly is crucial. Note: It can be helpful to have […]

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How is it Treated?

Treatments for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) If you are diagnosed with Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL), it is important to begin treatment as soon as possible. The flow chart below shows the suggested treatment process based on the best available evidence. The current recommended treatment is a course of high dose corticosteroids, which may […]

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What if Your Hearing Does Not Recover?

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 […]

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An Introduction to Tinnitus

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. […]

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An Introduction to Vestibular Disorders

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 […]

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Suggested Process for the Management of SSNHL

The flow chart below shows the suggested treatment process based on the best available evidence.