Neural Hearing Loss

by Sharon Hopkins


Hearing loss is not something to wish on anyone and once a person has this ailment, it is never easy. However, there are many ways to cope with this impairment and one is through the understanding of the ailment itself. Through that understanding, a lot of methods can be employed to make the life of the impaired and of the people around much better. So what is neural hearing loss?

In the brain, there is the auditory nerve. When this nerve gets damaged, neural hearing loss may be the end result. The problems occur on the pathway to the brain from the cochlea. This impairment is related to nerve, hence the name neural. So that the brain can translate what a person hears, a nerve is there to relate messages to the brain from the cochlea. When this nerve is missing or not functioning properly, then neural hearing loss happens.

The main cause to this loss of hearing is acoustic neuroma, a tumor that is benign growing on the balance nerve (vestibular) which then presses against a person’s auditory nerve. If the tumor is detected at an early stage, then it is best to have it gotten out before any more damage is done to your sense of hearing.

There are ways to have yourself tested if you have neural hearing loss. One way is through the acoustic reflex. The stapes has a tiny muscle attached to it known as the stapedius. This reacts if exposed to loud noises. It contracts, and that is a protection method for the ear. The level of the sound that can make this acoustic reflex happen is usually a good way of knowing the sensitivity of your hearing. If you have a normal middle ear but lack the acoustic reflex, then there is a big tendency that you have a neural hearing loss.

Other possible causes of neural hearing loss are meningitis, excessive noise, drugs, heredity, and more. If you do have neural hearing loss, then it may best to look into the different ways you can communicate, meaning through various hearing aid types. With hearing aids, you would be given a chance to live a more normal life. There are many types, the more modern ones or conventional hearing aids are there. All you have to do is choose the right hearing aid for you. So do not let the impairment conquer you, conquer it instead.


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