A problem that results from the absence of or damage to the auditory nerve can cause a neural hearing loss. Neural hearing loss is usually profound and permanent.
Hearing aids and cochlear implants cannot help because the nerve is not able to pass on sound information to the brain. Two clicks for your privacy
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Pure-tone audiometry examines the patient’s tone perception. Tones of varying frequency and increasing volume are then presented to the patient via headphones. The patient signals as soon as he perceives the tone. This creates an acoustic curve, on the basis of which deviations from the standard can be used to classify the type and extent of hearing loss. In people with sensorineural hearing loss, this acoustic curve does not present any difference between bone conduction (tones are transmitted through the bone) and the air duct (tones are transmitted through the air to the eardrum and to the inner ear via the ossicles). Both curves are positioned in higher decibel ranges compared to those of healthy patients.
Depending on timing, intra-tympanic steroid injection is also offered (dexamethasone 10-24mg/cc). Intra-typmpanic steroid injection is performed by inserting a needle through the eardrum and injecting about of highly concentrated steroids directly into the middle ear space. The patient is than instructed to keep the affected ear up for 30 minutes without swallowing, yawning, or popping the ear. After injection, the patient is allowed to immediately resume normal activities. This steroid injection has also been used to treat Meniere's Disease flare-ups.