Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL)

What is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss or Sudden Deafness?

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) is an unexplained, fast loss of hearing that can occur all at once or over many days. SSHL occurs when the inner ear sensory organs malfunction and usually affects one ear. SSHL sufferers generally find their hearing loss during normal activities, such as waking up in the morning or attempting to use a phone. Others hear a loud, scary “pop” just before losing their hearing. Symptoms of abrupt deafness include ear fullness, dizziness, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). However, sudden deafness symptoms are a medical emergency and should be treated quickly. Delaying SSHL diagnosis and therapy (where needed) can reduce treatment effectiveness. Getting therapy quickly boosts your chances of regaining some hearing.

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Causes of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL):

  • Infections

  • Head Trauma

  • Autoimmune Disease

  • Cancer Treatments

  • Diabetes

  • Peripheral Artery Disease

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Meniere’s Disease

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There are more than 66,000 cases of sudden Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) treated in the United States each year.

Treating Sudden Deafness

An ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor can treat SSHL using corticosteroids, antibiotics, allergy medicines, and establish a rapid referral for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Starting HBOT as soon as possible helps patients restore hearing and reduces the risk of long-term damage. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about the treatment options for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) available at The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine.

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