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Unilateral Hearing Loss Explained

Unilateral hearing loss or single-sided deafness is when there is impaired hearing in one ear and normal hearing in the other.

In this blog post, we explain what the condition is, signs to look out for, and how to treat and manage the impairment.

What Is Unilateral Hearing Loss?

Unilateral hearing loss (UHL) can be defined as a loss of hearing in one ear and not the other. The other ear often remains unaffected by any type of impairment. When both ears are affected but the degree of hearing loss is different in both ears, it is known as an asymmetrical hearing loss.

Causes of Unilateral Hearing Loss

As with any type of hearing impairment, the actual cause may be difficult to diagnose. UHL can be caused by one or several of the following:

  • Head trauma
  • Meniere's disease
  • Waardenburg syndrome
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps

A medical professional, ENT doctor or audiologist may be able to shed more light on your condition.

Single-side Deafness Warning Signs 

Potential losses of hearing share a similar number of warning signs to look out for.

  • Muffled hearing in one ear
  • Ringing in one ear and not the other
  • Difficulty hearing conversations from one side
  • Difficulty understanding speech

As a result of some of the above symptoms suffers may become irritable, experience headaches or feel more isolated than usual. It is recommended that if you do notice any of the above signs that you check your hearing.

Test For Hearing Loss 

To check for any potential impairment, take our free online hearing test.

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You can take the test in the comfort of your own home and upon completion, your results will indicate if you need to take further action to prevent further damage. However, this test should not replace a professional audiological examination from a licensed healthcare practitioner.

How To Manage Unilateral Hearing Loss

Once the severity and type of hearing loss has been diagnosed, you can then look at treating and managing the condition.

Digital hearing aids are a popular way to effectively manage hearing loss.

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At Hearing Direct, you will find a wide selection of affordable hearing aids. The devices we dispense are perfectly suited to help those better manage mild to moderate impairments. With a range of features designed to reduce outside noise and maximize clarity, the hearings aids we provide can be programmed to match your needs. There is a focus on price and we pride ourselves on offering affordable alternatives.

Adding Clarity Around The Home

To further enhance your listening experience, there are a number of essential items for the home to help improve your ability to hear the sounds you love.

At hearingdirect.com, you will also find:

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