Sensorineural hearing loss
Definition of sensorineural hearing loss
Sensorineural hearing loss (also called Labyrinthine hearing loss) is a functional impairment of the hearing organ (sound-sensing hair cells) as well as a dysfunctional neural component which can lead to hearing impairment (hypoacusis). Its severity may range from slight comprehension difficulties to complete hearing loss or deafness. The early provision of hearing aids helps relieve these symptoms and improve hearing capacity.
The selection of a hearing aid is always tailored to the degree of personal hearing loss and individual requirements.
Labyrinthine or sensorineural hearing loss can remain constant for years or continuously and slowly deteriorate. This is frequently not perceived by the patient and thus harbors the risk of social isolation.
To prevent social consequences for the patient, the prompt provision of a suitable hearing aid is recommended.