Sensorineural Hearing Loss in 2022 | Causes and Treatment

Key Takeaways

  • One in three people between 65-74 years old has some hearing loss.
  • Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss, and it is not reversible.
  • Medications, illness, and loud noise exposure can all lead to sensorineural hearing loss.
  • It is usually not possible to fix sensorineural hearing loss with medication or surgery.
  • Cochlear implants and hearing aids may improve your ability to hear.
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Hearing loss is caused by damage to the auditory nerves, hair cells, or brain pathways. Hearing loss is more common as you get older.

Approximately 48 million Americans have sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). This is caused by damage to the inner ears and cannot be reversed. SNHL can make it difficult to hear soft sounds. Even loud sounds can be difficult to hear or muffled–a phenomenon also referred to as experiencing sound voids. SNHL can eventually lead to deafness.

Two types of hearing loss are conductive loss and mixed loss.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is blocked from reaching the middle ear or outer ear. Mixed hearing loss is when you have both SNHL and conductive hearing loss.

Wear hearing protection, such as earplugs and protective earmuffs, if you’re somewhere with loud noise exposure (such as a concert or construction site). To protect your hearing, reduce the volume if you listen to loud music.

About the Author

Kat Tretina, a journalist and writer with expertise in personal finance and health, is the author of this article. Her content has appeared on websites such as Everyday Health and HuffPost. Kat calls Orlando, Florida home.