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Advocating for Your Needs with RNID’s Communication Card

Article contributed by RNID At the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) we’re often asked the best ways to communicate with people who are deaf or have hearing loss. We know that small changes make a big difference, from turning down background music and adjusting lighting to making sure you face the person so they […]

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Hearing Link Services – Helping You to Manage Your Hearing Loss Journey

Article contributed by Hearing Link The long-term experience of hearing loss – which is sometimes known as the hearing journey – has five stages: pre-awareness; awareness; taking action; rehabilitation; and living with hearing loss. Everyone faces each stage of their journey in their own way. Hearing Loss Support If you are struggling to manage the […]

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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL) – All You Need to Know

Article contributed by Duncan Collet-Fenson, audiologist and managing director at Aston Hearing Services. SSNHL Background Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) affects between 5-30 people per 100,000 every year. Yet, despite the severity of this condition, it is little known within the audiological community and even less so in wider medical circles. Sadly, immediate medical help […]

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An Introduction to Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)

Article contributed by a medical advisory panel member of the British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA) For some people, sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) may be caused by an acoustic neuroma (also known as vestibular schwannoma). What is an Acoustic Neuroma? An acoustic neuroma is a non-cancerous (benign) tumour that grows on the hearing and balance […]

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This poster was designed for healthcare workers to display in their consultation rooms, surgeries, and waiting rooms to help raise awareness of sudden hearing loss.

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Information on Hyperacusis

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 […]

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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 […]