One-Sided Hearing Loss Explained

Have you noticed that you have a problem hearing in one ear? One-sided hearing loss, also known as unilateral hearing loss (UHL) or single-sided deafness (SSD), is not common. Generally people with hearing loss have it in both ears, even if the hearing loss isn’t equal in both ears. Below we discuss one-sided hearing loss, the causes, and potential treatment options.

Causes of One-Sided Hearing Loss

One-sided hearing loss usually happens instantly, and normally after a specific incident. Some of the causes may include:

  • An injury to your ear
  • A blockage in your ear
  • A tumor in your ear
  • Illness
  • A reaction to certain types of medication

Symptoms of One-Sided Hearing Loss

In addition to hearing loss in one ear, one-sided hearing loss is generally accompanied by other symptoms. Often, hearing care professionals who see patients with one-sided hearing loss find that the patient reports more difficulties hearing than those with a hearing loss in both ears. This is down to how we hear. We will normally use both ears to hear, known as binaural hearing, where both ears work in conjunction to allow us to hear. One-sided hearing loss symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty or inability to hear conversations on the side that’s affected
  • Difficulty determining the origin of speech or sounds
  • Difficulty understanding speech or conversations in places with background noise
  • Difficulty concentrating in open or large environments
  • Struggling with communicating socially

Treatments of One-Sided Hearing Loss

If you’re experiencing one-sided hearing loss, seek immediate treatment. The sooner you seek a diagnosis and treatment from a hearing care professional, the better your chances of recovery. Treatment will depend on the diagnosis from your hearing care professional, but common treatment options include:

  • Steroid medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgery
  • Hearing devices for the impaired ear

Trust the Experts at Audionics NYC

If you suspect that your hearing may have changed recently, we recommend booking in a hearing assessment with the hearing care professionals at Audionics. If you would like to book in a complimentary assessment, contact us today and schedule an appointment at our Manhattan hearing clinic location in the historic DuMont Building right on 53rd Street & Madison Avenue.