What is sudden hearing loss?
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL), commonly known as sudden deafness occurs as a rapid loss of hearing over a short period of time. Sudden deafness usually happens in one ear and may be accompanied by tinnitus, vertigo, nausea and/or vomiting.
How is sudden deafness diagnosed?
Diagnosis is made with a complete diagnostic hearing assessment. This will confirm whether the sudden deafness is conductive or sensorineural in nature. Often sudden deafness can be confused for a conductive hearing loss or vice versa. Knowing the nature of the hearing loss will decide upon the patient’s rehabilitation pathway.
How is sudden deafness treated?
If a sudden sensorineural hearing loss is confirmed via diagnostic testing, it is strongly recommended to refer the patient to the emergency department of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for urgent, acute treatment.
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