Sensorineural Hearing Loss Treatment in Beckley, WV

What is Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

Sensorineural Hearing Loss (“nerve deafness”) is a condition that occurs when the nerves or cochlea of the inner ear become physically damaged or damage occurs to the part of the brain that processes these signals. When the nerves or cochlea are unable to properly transmit signals to the brain, the loss of hearing can be profound. Typically, this type of hearing loss occurs rapidly and is permanent in nature. However, effective treatment with hearing aids and assistive devices can significantly improve your quality of life if you are dealing with Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SHL). Cochlear implants are an effective treatment to consider for cases of profound deafness. A diagnosis of SHL does not have to be devastating. Let us help.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss Symptoms

Sensorineural Hearing Loss typically occurs when the nerves of the inner ear and the related sensory cells lose function and die. Surgical intervention is typically not an effective option for Sensorineural Hearing Loss. However, significant recent advances in hearing aid and cochlear implant technology have enabled patients to dramatically enhance their hearing and enjoy life to the fullest. Symptoms include:
  • People seem to mumble
  • Hearing, but not understanding, what is being said
  • Sound volume seems to be reduced
  • Sound clarity is diminished
  • Fluctuating volume and/or clarity
  • Inability to hear high-pitched sounds
  • Difficulty recognizing the following sounds: "s,"f," & "z"
  • Dizziness, vertigo, & loss of balance
Infants with Sensorineural Hearing Loss fail to respond to sounds and don't babble or make noises. Children with this condition may exhibit crying, pulling the ears, and irritation.

The Many Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss

There are many causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss. The most common cause is advanced age. However, sensorineural hearing loss can occur at any age and as a result of many factors. Raleigh Hearing Center can assist you with finding out what type of hearing loss you have and provide effective treatment including the most advanced digital hearing aids that are 100% invisible. Causes include:
  • Excessive Exposure to Noise
  • Meningitis
  • Age
  • High Fever
  • Injury to the Ear
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Congenital Deafness
  • Ménière's Disease
  • Ototoxic Drugs
  • Viral Infections (Mumps, Measles, etc.)
  • Head Trauma
  • Hereditary Conditions
  • Acoustic Tumors
  • Birth Injury

Treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss Symptoms

There is currently no 100% effective, permanent treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss. However, the symptoms can be treated to help overcome the difficulties associated with decreased hearing function.
Cochlear Implants: Transmit vibrations from the bones in the inner ear to stimulate the auditory inner fibers at the end of the ear canal
Hearing Aids: Act to amplify the sounds received and transmitted to the ossicles.
Activities that increase blood circulation, such as jogging, biking, and swimming may help to prevent the advancement of Sensorineural Hearing Loss.
If you are experiencing Sensorineural Hearing Loss, Contact Raleigh Hearing Center of Beckley, WV: (304) 255-1337.