Sensorineural deafness

Alternative Names

Nerve deafness; Hearing loss – sensorineural; Acquired hearing loss; SNHL; Noise-induced hearing loss; NIHL

Definition of Sensorineural deafness

Sensorineural deafness is hearing loss that occurs from damage to the inner ear, the nerve that runs from the ear to the brain (auditory nerve), or the brain.

Review

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies; University of Washington School of Medicine; and Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 5/24/2010

Ear anatomy

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