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How does sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) happen?

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Most of the time, sensorineural hearing loss happens slowly. When it happens, doctors believe a viral infection of your inner ear or hearing nerve may be to blame. Hearing loss typically affects one ear. If it starts suddenly, it's an emergency. Medicine may be able to treat it.

From: Types of Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Types, Degree, and Configuration of Hearing Loss.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Types, Causes and Treatment.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Hearing Loss and Older Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Acoustic Neuroma.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.”

PubMed: "Autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss: the otology-rheumatology interface."

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center: “Sudden hearing loss.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery: “Conductive Hearing Loss: Causes and Treatments.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on August 1, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Quick Statistics About Hearing.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Types, Degree, and Configuration of Hearing Loss.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Types, Causes and Treatment.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Hearing Loss and Older Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Acoustic Neuroma.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.”

PubMed: "Autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss: the otology-rheumatology interface."

Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center: “Sudden hearing loss.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery: “Conductive Hearing Loss: Causes and Treatments.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on August 1, 2019

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