What is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss/Sudden Deafness? (Slideshow)

This week we answer your questions on Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL), commonly known as Sudden Deafness:

– What is SSNHL?
– Will my hearing come back?
– What happens if I can’t make a full recovery?

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Slide 1: What is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL)?
Slide 2: It is a sudden hearing loss which occured within a 72 hour period.
Slide 3: It is sensorineural (nerve hearing loss) and caused by damage to the hearing organ or nerve
Slide 4: SSNHL usually occurs in one ear.
Slide 5: And some people may also experience dizziness, tinnitus or ringing in the ears and feeling the need to “pop” the ears
Slide 6: SSNHL is diagnosed after a complete physical examination and hearing test.
Slide 7: Will my hearing come back?
Slide 8: Half of SSNHL patients will receive some hearing even without treatment.
Slide 9: However if you seek treatment with a Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) doctor IMMEDIATELY, you may have a better chance of recovery.
Slide 10: Especially if you have a mild-to-moderate hearing loss, and undergo steriod therapy,
Slide 11: you have a 75-80% chance of receovery.
Slide 12: If you have: (1) Lost your hearing completely, (2) Experience dizziness, (3) Are over 65 years old. Your chances of recovery are lower
Slide 13: Hence doctors may use more aggressive forms of treatment.
Slide 14: It can take 6 weeks or longer for your hearing to get better.
Slide 15: What happens if I can’t make a full recovery?
Slide 16: Sudden hearing loss can be frightening.
Slide 17: And you may feel embarrassed, frustrated, lonely or depressed.
Slide 18: Talking with a counselor may be helpful.
Slide 19: If you have tinnitus (ringing in the ear), it is usually loud and awful in the beginning.
Slide 20: Don’t worry, it may reduce over a few month. Especially if you start to recover your hearing.
Slide 21: You can also consult an audiologist for hearing solutions and coping strategies. Such as hearing aids, contralateral routing of signal (CROS) devices, cochlear implants and communication strategies.
Slide 22: If you have been diagnosed with SSNHL, you should go for regular hearing tests to monitor your hearing.

To find out more on SSNHL, click the link to read American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s Clinical Practice Guideline.

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