SENSORINEURAL HEARING LOSS > The FACTS
WHAT? This kind of hearing loss involves damage to the hair cells within the inner ear (cochlea), or the hearing nerve. It can be caused by getting older and by exposure to loud noises, as well as complications at birth, infection, or because of certain genes. One to two babies in every 1,000 are born with permanent hearing loss in one or both ears.
SYMPTOMS? This kind of hearing loss affects the ability to hear quieter sounds, but also the quality of the sound, making it difficult for the person affected to understand speech.
TREATMENT? Sensorineural hearing loss is a permanent condition, and hearing aids are often needed. These consist of a microphone, an amplifier, a built-in loudspeaker and a battery. They act to increase the volume of sound entering the ears.