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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is hearing loss that results from damage to either the cochlea or the cochlear nerve.

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Overview of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Typically, patients with atraumatic sudden hearing loss experience a sudden loss of hearing in one ear. It may be related to a viral infection just prior to the event or completely without any provoking event (idiopathic). Associated symptoms can include tinnitus, disequilibrium, and/or vertigo. The disequilibrium/vertigo almost always resolves as the vestibular system in the brain compensates and adapts. This condition resolves more rapidly in patients who take less "anti-dizzy" medications such as Valium or meclizine.

About Dr. Prasad

Dr. Sanjay Prasad MD FACS is a board certified physician and surgeon with over thirty-two years of sub-specialty experience in Otology, Neurotology, advanced head and neck oncologic surgery, and cranial base surgery. He is chief surgeon and founder of the private practice, Metropolitan NeuroEar Group, located in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.