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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
The following poster explains what to do if you suddenly notice you cannot hear in one or both of your ears. Acknowledgement: Thank you to Aston Hearing for sharing and allowing the use of the checklist.
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 […]