Schallempfindungsschwerhörigkeit: Behandlung, Ursachen, Symptome

The sensorineural hearing loss or sensorineural hearing loss

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Another word for sensorineural hearing loss is sensorineural hearing loss. This is a dysfunction that is located in the area of the inner ear. This dysfunction results in decreased hearing. The reduction can vary in severity. It ranges from mild difficulty regarding understanding to complete deafness and also deafness.

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The sooner you get yourself a hearing aid, the better you can minimize your hearing limitations. You can demonstrably improve your hearing with a good hearing aid.

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Depending on the degree of your own hearing loss, your choice falls on the appropriate hearing aid. Your individual needs will be taken into account. We will help you find the right hearing aid for you. During your entire process of fitting, we accompany you professionally.

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The reason for sensorineural hearing loss

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There are many reasons that can be responsible for sensorineural hearing loss or sensorineural hearing loss. Regarding age-related hearing loss, it is known that it usually starts between the ages of 50 and 70. In the age hearing loss, the high tones are lost first.

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Besides this main reason, noise is the second most common cause of sensorineural hearing loss. If the hearing loss is caused by noise, this is the occupational disease in Germany, which is recognized most often. Anyone who is exposed to noise at a level of more than 85 dB between six and 8 hours or more a day must expect such hearing loss.

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Typical other reasons for sensorineural hearing loss include:

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  • Circulatory disorder, such as diabetes
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  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Hearing loss
  • Metabolic disorders, such as thyroid dysfunction
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How a hearing aid can help you with sensorineural hearing loss:

With the help of advanced technology, you can hear comfortably. This technology automatically detects the environment. Disturbing background noise is transmitted separately from the voice of the interlocutor.

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  • You can perceive forgotten sounds again, such as the rustling of leaves or the chirping of birds
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  • You can better integrate into your environment because you can hear better with the hearing aid
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  • You can compensate your hearing loss effectively with the hearing aid
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  • The sooner you decide to undergo therapy with a hearing aid for your sensorineural hearing loss, the easier it will be to prevent serious hearing loss
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The typical symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss

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As a sufferer, you typically notice the symptom of impaired speech understanding. Initially, only ambient sounds will be limited. Depending on how severe the hearing loss is pronounced, you may also hear tinnitus or other ear noises.

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If your sensorineural hearing loss lasts too long, you run the risk of social isolation and psychological change. That's why early therapy is especially recommended.

The diagnosis of sensorineural hearing loss

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Your ear, nose, and throat doctor will make the diagnosis of sensorineural hearing loss, or sensorineural hearing loss, after a series of examinations.

One of the first examinations is the so-called mirror examination of both ears. Thus, both the origin in the external auditory canal, as well as the causes are excluded. If you have a pure sensorineural hearing loss, the mirror examination is unremarkable. A hearing test is then performed. Another word for it is the audiometry.

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The vibrating ability of your eardrum is examined during impedance audiometry . Your auditory ossicles are also tested. The same applies to the pressure in your middle ear, because this is also measured. So a disturbed middle ear function, or a conductive disorder can be excluded.

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Perception is measured and examined in sound audiometry. You hear the sounds in different frequencies with increasing volume through headphones. As soon as you can perceive the sound, you give a signal. This creates a hearing curve. If this hearing curve deviates from the norm, the type of hearing loss and also the degree of hearing loss is determined.

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If you have sensorineural hearing loss, there are differences. These are reflected quite particularly in terms of bone conduction and air conduction. Both of these curves are in this measurement in the higher decibel ranges, as in a healthy person with normal hearing.

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The doctor's goal is to distinguish between inner ear dysfunction and middle ear dysfunction. Other testing options include the Weber test and the Rinne test. Again, the air conduction, or bone conduction is examined. In the case of sensorineural hearing loss, the sound shifts to the healthy ear in a Weber test and is heard louder. In this case, the Rinne test also turns out positive.

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Another possibility for the measurement is the otoacoustic emissions. Signals are sent into your ear. Then, the responses of the outer hair cells in your inner ear are measured. If these hair cells in your ear are damaged, the test cannot measure otoacoustic emissions.

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Therapeutic options

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If you are diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, there is unfortunately no surgical or drug therapy for it yet. You can compensate your hearing loss but with an appropriate hearing aid.

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The digital technology that such a hearing aid uses these days works with small computers and processors. The sound signals are processed directly in your hearing aid. Modern devices automatically adapt to your environment. The human voice of your conversation partner is separated and distinguished from unpleasant disturbing sounds. This means that you can still actively participate in your environment, even if you have a sensorineural hearing loss. You regain immense quality of life.

What is my prognosis for sensorineural hearing loss?

Your sensorineural hearing loss, or sensorineural hearing loss, may be constant for several years or it may gradually worsen continuously. As a patient, you often do not even notice a deterioration. The danger of social isolation is then all the greater. That's why we, as professionals and experts, strongly advise you to take care of your hearing loss as early as possible. Look for a suitable hearing aid as soon as possible. We are happy to offer you our support.

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