Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs due to damage to the inner ear, and it is a common type of permanent hearing loss. It also occurs due to damage in the nerve pathways of the inner ear to the brain, aging, and increased exposure to loud noise in adults. Congenital abnormalities can cause sensorineural hearing loss in children. In this condition, soft sounds are unclear, and high-pitched sounds remain muffled. It is managed by using hearing aids.

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I have constant tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss. Is it Meniere's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have constant tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss for about five months. I am sending you reports of my PTA and otoscopy. Now I have ear fullness, tinnitus, and hearing loss in my left ear. My right ear is normal. Tinnitus is continuous for past four months. I do not have any ve...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is minimal loss in the left ear. The symptoms do not seem to be due to Meniere's disease. The tinnitus is due to the hearing loss. Take tablet Cinnarizine 75 mg once daily for 15 days and ta...  Read Full »

Why am I unable to hear through my right ear?

Query: Hello doctor, All of a sudden, I am unable to hear for the past 10 days. My hearing is less in my right ear and hearing some sound inside the ear. Also, I felt dizzy some seven days back. ENT doctor is telling that it is because of nerve weakness. My audiometry results show that right ear is 80% no...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have suffered from sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This occurs suddenly without warning, and the exact cause is not known. We have various treatments, but none of it is full proof and 100 % effective. The first and foremost step in management is to fin...  Read Full »

What causes sudden hearing loss with severe ear pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a sudden hearing loss. I can hear blood pumping like pulsating in my right ear with lots of pain. Previously, I had a stroke, TIA, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, bipolar disorder, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Currently, I am taking Amitriptyline 50 mg at night, Atorvastati...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a medical emergency and it has to be evaluated and treated accordingly. Treatment taken after 48 hours will not produce desirable results even after taking the full course of treatment. Hence it is important to take treatment immed...  Read Full »

How to enhance my 68-year-old mother's hearing problem?

Query: Hello doctor,My 68 year old mother has a hearing problem. I understand it is due to her age but is there any device which can enhance the hearing in her case?  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are various causes for hearing problems. Among them, the most common one is an age-related hearing loss known as presbycusis. If hearing loss is significant and confirmed by an audiological examination such as pure tone audiogram, she can use hearing aids. Hear...  Read Full »

I lost my hearing in my left ear suddenly. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello,I wanted to seek an opinion from a renowned ENT specialist regarding my condition of SSNHL. I am 49 yrs old and have a history of hypertension under control. I suffered sudden hearing loss in my left year a few days ago. I was diagnosed with SSNHL showing loss up to 85 decibels at 250 Hz, 95 d...  Read Full »


Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As I can see, you are suffering from something known as sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This happens when there is damage to something known as hair cells, and they are the cells where your hearing starts. These cells produce nerve impulses that are carried to your ...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for the ringing sounds in my ears?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a ringing sound in my ears, and I also have a hearing loss problem. I did not notice this before, and I guess this is due to my working atmosphere in the sound zone-like machine operating area. I took an audiometry test, and the results are 60 to 70 dB. Can I use IIC aid, or i...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the briefing regarding the problem in concern. The cause of the ringing sound in the ear in your case is attributed to the present sensorineural hearing loss. The hearing loss has developed mainly due to the noise exposure that has been there for quite s...  Read Full »

I hear some sound in my ears while I am alone in a closed room. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed that when I am alone in a closed room or studying, I hear some sound. My father used to say this is because of wax in the ear, but when my ears are clean, I still hear the sound. I am sure that my hearing is fine. Could this be the sound of blood circulation? Is it n...  Read Full »


Dr. Kumar. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is called tinnitus, and there are many reasons for it. Some of the reasons are an infection of the middle and external ear, otosclerosis, sensorineural hearing loss, glue ear, anatomical variations of the vessels, etc. First, we need to examine your ears and do ...  Read Full »

When there was no direct impact on the left, what caused the sensorineural hearing loss?

Query: Hello doctor,I suffered a traumatic brain injury (close head skull fracture). I fell from a height of 15 feet and landed on the right side of my head, resulting in a sensorineural and conductive hearing loss on the right and strictly sensorineural hearing loss on the left. It also caused tinnitus in...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing about the problem in concern. You would have probably developed a temporal bone fracture due to the fall. Temporal bone fractures are divided into longitudinal and transverse as per an old classification and otic capsule sparing or involving in the ...  Read Full »

Does impaired hearing at high-frequency cause drunk feeling?

Query: Hi doctor, I have ear fullness, tinnitus, and feeling drunk all the time. I had a hearing test. All was normal except at 8000 Hertz it drops to 40 decibels. Would this cause the drunk feeling? One ENT said maybe and the other said no. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may have Meniere's disease. Restrict salt from your food and drink an adequate amount of water daily. You need to perform a vestibulonystagmography (VNG) to confirm the diagnosis. What is the charatcer of the tinnitus? Is it pulsating or continuous like shshshshshsh...  Read Full »

What is the cause of my hearing problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. I am having trouble with my left ear hearing. But, I never took much care to sort it. Lately, I found it is little awkward. I am having an old audiogram result with me. Please look through it and tell your advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have an almost nil hearing in the left ear (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your right ear is normal. So, all your hearing is through right ear and problem you already have is difficulty in localizing speech other than hearing loss. Unilateral heari...  Read Full »

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