Sensorineural Hearing Loss Specialist

Beach Cities Hearing Solutions

Audiologists located in Torrance, CA

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Fortunately, hearing aids and other treatment options can help restore hearing in many people who have this condition. Jonathan Leiterman, ScD, and the experienced team at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions can diagnose sensorineural hearing loss and offer a selection of hearing aids as well as other treatment options. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one has sensorineural hearing loss, call the office in Torrance, California, today, or make an appointment online.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss Q & A

What is sensorineural hearing loss?

Sensorineural hearing loss, sometimes called nerve-related hearing loss, occurs when the inner ear is damaged, and nerve signals from the ear cannot reach the brain. Most of the time, hearing loss of this type is permanent.

What causes sensorineural hearing loss?

Conditions that can cause inner ear damage leading to sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • Head trauma
  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Viruses, autoimmune diseases, and other illnesses
  • Malformation of the structures of the inner ear
  • Tumors
  • Genetic factors

Ménière's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes vertigo, tinnitus, and other symptoms in addition to sensorineural hearing loss.

What are the symptoms of sensorineural hearing loss?

When you have sensorineural hearing loss, sounds may seem muffled or garbled. You may have difficulty hearing faint sounds or following conversations when more than one person is speaking. 

Even louder sounds, like shouting, may sound muted when you have this condition. Additional signs of sensorineural hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty hearing on the phone
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Watching TV with the volume turned up very high
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing or rushing sounds in the ears

Dizziness, vertigo, or a feeling of fullness in your ear may indicate the presence of Ménière's disease.

How is sensorineural hearing loss diagnosed?

To diagnose sensorineural hearing loss, your highly trained audiologist at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions performs a comprehensive hearing test. 

This includes several diagnostics to determine if the cause of your hearing loss is sensorineural, which ear structures are involved in your condition and the degree of your hearing loss. 

Following your hearing test, your audiologist discusses the results with you in detail and provides information about your options for treatment.

How is sensorineural hearing loss treated?

Treatment options depend on the cause and degree of your hearing loss, and other individual factors. Many cases are addressed successfully with hearing aids. If you have sensorineural hearing loss, your Beach Cities Hearing Solutions expert may also recommend the following:

  • Corticosteroid therapy
  • Ear surgery
  • Cochlear implants
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes

Thanks to modern technology, there is a range of hearing aids available that are comfortable and effective. 

If you’re concerned about sensorineural hearing loss, call Beach Cities Hearing Solutions today, or make an appointment online.