Hearing impairment could be due to several reasons. Know more about the treatments and causes of hearing loss

Hearing is precious as 40 per cent of the information provided by our senses is auditory in origin. Not only that, but it also helps ourselves about sound sources, allowing us us to orient to understand the environment around us. With over 16 years of experience in the ENT, Dr. Hatem Dalati, talks about the commonly occurring medical condition called Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL). Dr. Dalati shares his advice on how to treat this sudden occurring disease.

What is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

Sudden sensorineural (inner ear) hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden deafness, is an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing either all at once or over a few days. SSHL usually happens when there is something wrong with the sensory organs of the inner ear. Sudden deafness frequently affects only one ear.

What causes sudden deafness?

A variety of disorders affecting the ear can cause SSHL, but only about 10 per cent of people diagnosed with SSHL have an identifiable cause.

Some of these conditions include:

  • Infections
  • Head trauma
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Exposure to certain drugs treating cancer or severe infections
  • Blood circulation problems
  • Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis

Most of these causes are accompanied by other medical conditions or symptoms that point to the correct diagnosis. Another factor to consider is whether hearing loss happens in one or both ears. For example, if sudden hearing loss occurs only in one ear, tumours on the auditory nerve should be ruled out as the cause. Before treatment after treatment Autoimmune disease may cause SSHL in one or both ears.

Case Study:

The patient came to me complaining of hearing loss and tinnitus, He thought it was earwax that needed cleaning. After conducting a medical examination of the ear and assessing the hearing, I discovered that he had SSNHL, then I urgently started the treatment.

After nine days of appropriate treatment, he returned to me, and the improvement due to the treatment was excellent. There was no hearing loss or tinnitus. After a hearing assessment, I found that the hearing had returned to normal.

SSNHL is an emergency case that occurs in the hearing nerve and needs urgent treatment to avoid permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.

If you have hearing loss, ear blockage or tinnitus, you should immediately consult your ENT doctor to do the necessary tests and get the appropriate medications, as the results are not always as expected.

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