In some patients, hearing loss develops in only one ear, often with a very sudden onset, while the opposite ear continues to be able to hear sound normally. This type of hearing loss can lead to problems with detecting conversation on the side of the poor ear as well as understanding speech in loud environments. Illness, exposure to sudden loud noises or traumatic injuries to the ear may be the cause for this type of hearing loss. Fortunately, there are both surgical and non-surgical options for addressing the communication difficulties with this type of hearing loss.
New onset of single-sided hearing loss always necessitates an evaluation with our otolaryngology team. Following this consultation, an appointment may be scheduled with an audiologist to explore options that may ease your communication challenges including:
- Surgical Procedure: BAHA System
- Non-Surgical Procedure: Contralateral Routing of Signal Hearing Aids (BI-CROS)