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What is Single-Sided Deafness?

Single-sided deafness occurs when there is a hearing loss in only one ear.

What Can Cause Single-Sided Deafness?

There are several things that can cause single-sided deafness:

  • A patient could be born without hearing in that ear
  • The hearing conductive mechanism (the ear canal, eardrum or ear bones) has a problem
  • There is a problem with the nerve (sensorineural hearing loss)
  • A tumor in the ear

What Are The Problems With Single-Sided Deafness?

  • When people approach from the side of the hearing loss, the patient will have a more difficult time detecting or hearing the person.
  • Inability to hear as well when background noise is present.
  • Patients lack “directionality of sound”- meaning they can’t tell which direction sounds are coming from.
  • Patients sometimes need to turn their head to hear what others are saying, so they unable to talk to people straight on.

If you think you or someone you know has single-sided deafness, don’t hesitate to call us at 602-307-9919 for more information.

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