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Sudden Hearing Loss

When to worry about sudden hearing loss and what to do about it.

Nine years ago, Richard Einhorn woke up in a hotel room at 5 a.m., “my head buzzing with a strange loud noise,” the 67-year-old New York City music composer recalled.

Startled, he jumped out of bed, and promptly fell over. “I couldn’t stand up, I was so dizzy,” he says.

He then realized that he had lost all hearing on his right side.

Einhorn took a taxi to the nearest emergency room, where he was told that his symptoms pointed to a condition called sudden sensorineural hearing loss, or SSNHL.

This condition, sometimes also called sudden deafness, is an unexplained or rapid loss of hearing — one that is not caused by a “noise trauma,” such as an exploding firecracker right next to the ear.

Marked by inflammation of the inner ear, SSNHL usually affects only one ear. As it was in Einhorn’s experience, SSNHL may be accompanied by tinnitus (ringing of the ears) and vertigo.

SSNHL strikes about 66,000 people in the United States every year, according to an American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) clinical practice guideline published in August.

Although it can develop at any age, SSNHL is most often seen in adults in their late 40s or early 50s.

“It can be very scary for patients — it’s not only disorienting to not be able to hear, but with these symptoms, people worry they’re experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as a stroke,” explains Seth Schwartz, an otolaryngologist at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and a co-author of the guideline.

Here’s what you need to know — and do — if you experience sudden hearing loss.

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Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, exceeding that of smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and social isolation.

13-year-old Braden Baker’s dog Chewy might have taken his name a bit too literally when he not once, but twice chewed up Braden’s hearing aids. The Texas teen was born with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, so his hearing aids are essential to his everyday life.

Braden’s parents sat him down and told him the importance of taking good care of his hearing aids because they were expensive, and some families couldn’t afford them. But in this moment, something clicked inside Braden, and instead of just putting away his hearing aids in a safer place, he took the lesson a step further and started a GoFundMe to provide hearing aids for those in need.

“I think one of the biggest things in life is communication and being able to hear the sounds outside, being able to talk to your family. It’s just so important to me. I just want everyone in the world to be able to experience it,” Braden said.

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Arkansas Loops is a division of Saline Audiology. We are strong advocates of hearing loops and sell our hearing aids with a manuel telecoil in them so our patients are able to access hearing loops. If your church, or business would like information on hearing loops, we offer a no cost site survey and estimate. Also, we are available to answer questions and give demonstrations when needed.
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