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One Sided Hearing Loss

One sided hearing loss

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One-Sided Hearing Loss (OSHL)

Also known as monaural or unilateral hearing loss, this is a condition in which a person experiences significant hearing loss in one ear while having normal or near-normal hearing in the other. This type of hearing loss presents unique challenges in everyday life, communication, and spatial awareness. In this article, we will explore the causes, impacts, and available solutions for one-sided hearing loss.

Causes of OSHL

Some individuals may be born with this condition, while others may acquire it later in life due to factors such as sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), noise exposure, infections or diseases, or head trauma. If it has come on very suddenly, we advice you to seek advice immediately. We can rule out simpler causes, like earwax, and test you for more serious issues, like Menieres Disease.

Impacts of OSHL

The symptoms experienced can have a huge impact on daily life. Common challenges include listening difficulty in noisy environments, problems with sound direction, struggles in group settings, and psychological and emotional effects such as frustration, isolation, and anxiety.

Solutions for OSHL

Fortunately, there are solutions available to help individuals overcome these challenges. These solutions include hearing devices, bone conduction devices, assistive listening devices, and rehabilitation therapy.

Hearing devices such as CROS (Contralateral Routing of Signals) and BiCROS (Bilateral Contralateral Routing of Signals) can transmit sound from the impaired ear to the better-hearing ear, improving sound awareness and speech understanding. Bone conduction devices like bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHAs) or bone conduction implants can transmit sound vibrations through the skull bones directly to the cochlea of the better-hearing ear. Assistive listening devices such as FM systems or personal amplifiers can enhance sound signals and improve speech understanding. Additionally, participating in auditory rehabilitation programmes can provide strategies to enhance communication skills and cope with emotional challenges.

It’s important that anyone with OSHL talk to audiologist to determine the most suitable solution for their specific needs. We can assess the hearing ability and ear health and discuss the most suitable treatment options.

Summary of OSHL

OSHL is a condition which can pose unique challenges in daily life and communication. It can be a very different experience to someone with a loss on both sides. Understanding the causes and impacts you experience is crucial for the recommending the correct treatment. With advancements in hearing technology and rehabilitation programs, you can improve your communication, regain spatial awareness, and improve quality of life.

If you, or a loved one, is experiencing these issues then please give us a call.

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Concerned about your hearing?

Would you like some further advice or information before making a booking?

If so, you can visit the NHS page on the subject here.

Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01429 233 091 for a quick chat.