What Is Unilateral Hearing Loss?Unilateral hearing loss (UHL) is defined as a loss of hearing in one ear and not the other. The other ear remains unaffected and the person can hear as normal. Another term you may come across is asymmetrical hearing loss, which is when both ears have a problem but the hearing loss is worse on one side.
Unilateral Hearing Loss CausesThe actual cause may be difficult to diagnose as it is a more complicated condition than Bilateral Hearing Loss (deafness in both ears). But the following are possible causes of Unilateral Hearing Loss:
- Head trauma - seek immediate medical attention
- Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss - seek immediate medical attention
- Meniere's disease
- Waardenburg syndrome
- Cerebellopontine angle tumors (usually benign)
Unilateral Deafness Warning SignsThere are a number of warning signs to look out for with UHL:
- Muffled hearing in one ear
- Ringing in one ear and not the other
- Difficulty hearing conversations from one side
- Difficulty understanding speech particularly when there is background noise
Managing Unilateral Hearing LossOnce the severity and type of hearing loss has been diagnosed, you can then look at treating and managing the condition. Sometimes CROS or Bone Anchored/Conduction Hearing Aids can be recommended in cases of severe unilateral hearing loss.
Check Your HearingTo check for any impairment, take our free online hearing test. Each ear is testing individually so you will get an idea of your hearing capacity in each ear.
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After qualifying as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist Joan has spent most of her 20 year career in hearing-care related roles. She has a wealth of experience within the hearing aid and hearing rehabilitation fields and has worked in manufacturing environments with two hearing aid companies helping to develop products and roll out new technologies. Joan has been involved with Hearing Direct since its launch and enjoys the online retail environment which seeks to provide easier access to hearing products and accessories. She is HCPC registered. Read Joan's full bio here.