Sensorial hearing loss is probably the most common and well-known form of hearing loss. Sensorial hearing loss has been the subject of a lot of research and there is a wide range of treatment options available. Sensorial hearing loss is frequently associated with the aging process and most people will experience some sensorial hearing loss in their 60s, 70s and 80s.
Sensorial hearing loss is the name given to hearing loss that occurs in the cochlea. The cochlea is a vital part of the hearing organ and it contains sensitive hairs. These hairs capture sound from the external environment and transmit them to the auditory nerve as electric signals. Damage or wear and tear in this part of the ear is usually permanent.
Sensorial hearing loss is generally a gradual process and it may be some time before you even become aware that your hearing is not as sharp as it used to be. As with other forms of hearing loss, you need to treat sensorial hearing loss seriously. Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact your physical and mental health, and social life.
Symptoms of sensorial hearing loss
Sensorial hearing loss typically involves the gradual loss of hearing across particular frequency ranges in both ears. Some forms of sensorial hearing loss, such as SSHL (Sudden Sensorial Hearing Loss), involve a sudden loss of hearing and often affect one ear only.
Sensorial hearing loss frequently affects upper frequencies and so one of the most common symptoms is difficulty hearing specific speech sounds such as consonants. For example, many people find they start confusing B sounds with P sounds, and Ts with Cs and it can make communication frustrating.
Other symptoms include:
Other signs associated with sensorial hearing loss include excessive tiredness at the end of the day, feelings of irritation and frustration, and avoiding busy social settings. These challenges can lead to other mental health issues such as depression, memory loss, and cognitive decline.
Some people may even be completely unaware of their hearing difficulties. The gradual nature of most sensorial hearing loss can make it very difficult to identify. However, the long-term impact on your health means it’s extremely important that you seek expert treatment.
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