What is Sensorineural hearing loss?

This is the most common form of hearing loss and occurs when the tiny hair cells in the inner ear are damaged or when the hearing pathways to the inner ear become damaged.

Sensorineural hearing loss can be caused by a wide range of conditions but most commonly by the natural ageing process which accounts for around 90% of this type of hearing loss. It affects 1 in 7 over the age of 65 (http://www.hearinglink.org/what-is-sensorineural-hearing-loss). Changes in your hearing as you get older are normal, if you’re concerned about your hearing, help and support from your local Amplifon store is never too far away.

Some of the causes are:

  • Age – gradual deterioration in hearing across both ears in high pitched sounds
  • Traumatic exposure to loud noise – This could be permanent or temporary. This may be a sudden very loud sound or repated exposure to high level sounds
  • Head injury – This can cause trauma to the cochlea and nerves in the ear
  • Viral infections of the inner ear and auditory nerve
  • Some drug treatments
  • Family history



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