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One-Sided Hearing Loss: What You Need to Know and How to Get Help

What’s One-Sided Hearing Loss?

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Also called unilateral hearing loss, single-sided hearing loss or single-sided deafness (SSD), this is a hearing loss that typically occurs in one ear only.

Oftentimes that means the other ear is healthy and can hear at normal hearing levels. Single-sided hearing can be severe, moderate or out-and-out loss depending on the cause and presentation.

What Causes One-Sided Hearing Loss?

SSD can be acquired (happens long after birth) or congenital, implying that it occurred from birth. Before you get the right hearing aids in South Africa for your condition, it is best to know the cause and type. There are basically two types: conductive or sensorineural.

Key causes of sensorineural SSD include:

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Viral infection
  • Ototoxic drugs
  • Injury to your ear or head
  • A side effect of surgical removal of the brain tumor.

Key causes of conductive SSD include:

  • Otosclerosis
  • Ear or head injury
  • Ossicular disconnection
  • Bacterial or viral infection in the inner bones
  • Tympanic membrane (eardrum)

How Can Single-Sided Hearing Loss Be Treated?

Of course, you can get hearing aids for sale when you suffer from SSD. However, the best course of action and treatment is often dependent on the underlying cause and type of the SSD. Usually, the conductive type of SSD can be treated through a medical procedure, especially a surgery. A sensorial single sided hearing can always be treated with the right kind of hearing aids in South Africa.

How to Choose the Best Hearing Aids for Sale for your SSD

Hearing Aids for Conductive SSD

From a technical point of view, conductive is the most common type of SSD that can be treated with traditional hearing aids from an excellent hearing aid company. If there’s discharge from the affected hear, try Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHAs). The good thing is that these can be easily installed and monitored in a reputable hearing aid repair shop.

Sensorineural One-Sided Hearing Loss

Treatment using hearing aids is often dependent on the extent of the hearing loss. Usually, any level of hearing loss up to moderate can be effectively treated with traditional hearing aid. If the extent of the hearing loss is too extreme, conventional hearing aids might not work well. If that’s the case, there’s a specialized type of hearing aid called Contra-Lateral Routing of Signal (CROS). Ideally, the CROS or BiCROS system transfers the sound from the worse side to the better side.

AUTHOR: Micky Sores

Hearing Aid Labs

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