What is One-Sided Hearing Loss?

One-sided hearing loss is also called unilateral hearing loss (UHL) or single sided deafness (SSD). It occurs when there is normal hearing in one ear and a hearing impairment in the other ear.

According to Wikipedia, people with unilateral hearing loss have difficulty:

  • hearing conversations on their impaired side
  • localizing sound
  • understanding speech in the presence of background noise.
  • interpersonal and social relations
  • difficulty concentrating in large, open environments

People who have one-sided hearing loss can also have problems in determining the movement of sound sources, how far away sound sources are and where exactly they are coming from. This is classified as monaural hearing rather than binaural hearing. Binaural hearing is how we hear, contrary to what most people think, our ears work together to localize sounds and understand speech, especially in loud situations. So when you cannot hear out of one ear, the other ear can’t fully hear everything in the same way. Some research has shown that those who suffer from unilateral hearing loss feel that their handicap is more severe than people who have hearing loss in both ears.

Causes of One-Sided Hearing Loss

In most cases, someone doesn’t gradually lose hearing in just one ear. Those who have single sided deafness usually have had:

  • Injury to the ear.
  • Exposure to loud noises or certain drugs.
  • Blockage of the ear.
  • Tumor.
  • Illness.

Treatment Options for One-Sided Hearing Loss

The good news is that there are treatment options for unilateral hearing loss. Come into to one of our Hearing Solutions locations for a hearing assessment and we can discuss your options. Treatment options may include:

  • Surgery
  • Antibiotics to treat an infections.
  • Steroids or other medications that reduce swelling or inflammation.
  • A hearing aid for the affected ear.

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If you would like to find out more about treating hearing loss and discover your listening options, please contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc. to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today. We are here for you!

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