What Causes Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss occurs most frequently because of the normal aging process or exposure to loud noises. Other causes of sensorineural hearing loss include:Genetics
Illness or disease
Medication side effects
Concussion, injury or trauma to the head
Remember: only a trained hearing care professional will be able to accurately determine the cause and type of your hearing loss, so be sure to book an appointment as soon as possible if you’re noticing symptoms.
How Do I Know If I Have Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
If you’re above the age of 55 and having trouble hearing soft or faint sounds, especially in noisy crowds or environments, your hearing loss is most likely sensorineural. You may feel like you’re picking up some sounds around you, but it’s not all crystal clear.
Some of the more common signs of sensorineural hearing loss include:
Sounds not only diminish in volume, but become distorted
The ability to hear high-pitched sounds is usually affected first
The ability to hear low-pitched sounds, such as vowel sounds, may be normal or relatively well-preserved
Can I Ignore Sensorineural Hearing Loss?
Hearing loss impacts much more than your ability to hear. Left untreated, hearing loss can affect many aspects of your life, including your overall health and wellbeing.
Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, isolation, dementia, falls and more, so seeking treatment quickly is recommended.
Click the link below to learn more about the impacts of hearing loss—and how hearing aids can help you.
Online Hearing Assessment
Visit any Beltone Hearing Care Center to discover just how simple it is to improve your hearing.
You can also take our online hearing assessment to get a head start on your free appointment—we’ll forward your results to your local Beltone office. The results will help your hearing care professional begin the process of determining your level of hearing loss and which hearing aids are right for you.