One-Sided Hearing Loss
One-sided hearing loss is also known as single-sided deafness (SSD) or unilateral hearing loss (UHL). As indicated by the name, it refers to a hearing loss (or in some cases complete deafness) in one ear. Below, we discuss the causes of one-sided hearing loss, symptoms you should look out for and potential treatment options.
What Are The Symptoms of One-Sided Hearing Loss?
One-sided hearing loss results in “monaural hearing”. Normal hearing is known as “binaural hearing”. Binaural hearing involves both ears working together to process the sounds that we hear. It’s a very similar process to our use of to eyes to see, we need hearing in both ears to process sounds accurately.
Many people who have one-sided hearing loss report more difficulties hearing than those who have hearing loss in both ears, known as binaural hearing loss. Some of the problems that one-sided hearing loss can cause include:
What Causes One-Sided Hearing Loss?
One-sided hearing loss usually happens quickly and is often caused by a specific incident. Some examples may include:
Healthline notes that one-sided hearing loss can also be a result of head or ear injuries. A foreign body in the ear that can be caused by any of the following medical conditions:
Hearing loss in one ear may also caused by prescription medications including:
Treatments for One-Sided Hearing Loss
If you’re experiencing hearing loss in one ear, seek treatment ASAP. The sooner you have a diagnosis and treatment, the better your chances are of recovering. Treatment will depend on the cause, and must be diagnosed by a hearing professional or doctor. Treatment options can include:
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