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Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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Definition

Sensorineural Hearing Losses involve damage to the delicate hair cells of the inner ear and can be caused by congenital structural anomalies, diseases, fevers, mumps, measles, drugs, noise, and aging, for example, and are frequently accompanied by speech discrimination difficulty, especially in noise. SNHLs are sometimes accompanied by tinnitus (ringing in the ears/head) and hyperacusis (oversensitivity to loud sounds), can range from slight to profound, may affect one or both ears, and are usually permanent and not treatable medically/surgically, but can be managed effectively with amplification.

Keywords

Public Health Hearing Loss Social Policy Hair Cell Sensorineural Hearing 
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