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Can hearing aids help with sensorineural hearing loss?

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Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), also referred to as nerve-related or hair-cell hearing loss, is triggered by a problem with the inner ear. Here’s what you should know about this condition and how hearing aids can help.

Symptoms of SNHL

This type of hearing loss can occur in one or both ears, and the onset might be gradual or sudden. Here are a few common signs that could indicate SNHL:

  • Trouble following conversations
  • Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in your ears)
  • Difficulty hearing high-pitched sounds
  • Dizziness and balance issues

Since these symptoms can also be associated with other types of hearing loss, it’s important to consult an audiologist to ensure you receive the right diagnosis and treatment.

Causes of SNHL

One of the most common causes of SNHL is exposure to loud noises or some other form of trauma to the ear. While this type of damage often can’t be repaired, it’s usually preventable if you take steps to protect your ears.

Congenital conditions, genetics, aging as well as certain medications and diseases can also cause this type of hearing loss.

Treatment for reversible SNHL

While there’s no guarantee, it’s possible that SNHL can be reversed depending on the cause. For example, hearing loss triggered by a head trauma or direct injury to the inner ear can be mitigated if treated quickly.

Common Treatment for permanent SNHL

The most common inner ear damage associated with SNHL is caused by exposure to loud noises, and unfortunately, it’s irreversible. Another common cause of permanent SNHL is aging and that type of hearing loss is also irreversible. That being said, this type of hearing impairment can be significantly improved with the right hearing aids.

Quality hearing care in Alberta

Whether you need treatment for SNHL or another form of hearing impairment, it’s important to work with a team of professionals who understand your needs and can help you find the right hearing aid. At Soundwave Hearing Care, we’re proud to offer personalized service for our patients in Calgary, Grande Prairie, High River and Lethbridge. For more information about hearing aids or to schedule a hearing test, contact us today.

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.