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Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when the hair cells and nerves of the inner ear (cochlea) are damaged. It is generally a permanent condition unless the hearing loss fluctuates or was sudden in onset.

Patient Story

Designing a Sound Future for Percy

On their second night in the hospital, Meghan Carey and Sean Wilkinson of Portland, Maine, learned that their newborn baby, Percy, couldn’t hear. The year that followed was filled with tests and medical appointments, leading to a diagnosis of profound deafness.

Read Percy’s story

5Common Symptoms

  • Difficulty hearing speech, especially in noisy environments
  • Conversations are difficult to follow when two or more people are talking
  • Some sounds seem overly loud in one ear
  • Ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness

Diagnosis and Treatment

An audiologist diagnoses SNHL after completing a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Depending on the level of hearing loss (mild to profound), the use of hearing devices can be helpful in effectively managing the condition.

Hearing device options include:

Meet Our Team

Our Hearing and Balanceteam is comprised of some of the world’s finest ear surgeons, skull base surgeons, balance disorder specialists and audiologists.

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