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Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is also called Presbycusis.  It is the most common type of hearing loss and it results from damage to very tiny hair cells in the cochlea in the inner ear.  This is located behind your ear and under your mastoid bone of your skull.  There can be many reasons for sensorineural hearing loss including noise, trauma, disease, genetics, age and other reasons..

What is sensorineural hearing loss?

Scientists say that if we all lived to be 150 years old, we all would be stone deaf.  They say this because there are three very small bones in your middle ear (called ossicles) and they tap on very tiny hairs in your cochlea.  After time, the tapping (especially from loud noises) wears down these tiny hairs.  When the hairs degrade, the hearing also degrades and your hearing becomes less acute.  The biggest cause of sensorineural hearing loss is prolonged exposure to loud noise like sirens, firecrackers, babies crying, loud cars, construction equipment and other loud noises.

There are other causes of sensorineural hearing loss such as menieres disease, multiple sclerosis, mumps, meningitis and certain over the counter or prescription medications.  These include but are not limited to aspirin, streptomycin and gentamicin (antibiotics), cisplatin and quininie.


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You can also suffer from sensorineural hearing loss having been exposed to diseases such as mumps, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, ménières disease or if you have used certain drugs, in particular aspirin, cisplatin, quinine or the antibiotics streptomycin and gentamicin.  Some research also shows that you could have sensorineural hearing loss if your mother had German measles (rubella) while carrying you or if you were a low birth weight baby.  You can also have this loss if your parents or grandparents had hearing loss.

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