Single Sided Hearing Loss

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Single Sided Hearing Loss

Single sided hearing loss, or unilateral hearing loss, occurs when one experiences reduced hearing in one ear and normal hearing in the other. The reduction in hearing can range from mild to severe, and can occur over the course of time or since birth. When the affected ear completely loses its ability to hear, it is known as single sided deafness.
Single sided hearing loss and/or deafness can be observed to exhibit the following symptoms:
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Having to ask others to repeat themselves
  • Having to favor one ear over the other in conversations
  • Having trouble localizing sounds and noises
  • Having to turn the volume on devices louder
  • Difficulty in understanding conversations, especially in noisy settings
  • Having to withdraw from social settings
  • Feeling fatigued from having to strain to listen the whole day


Depending on the severity of your case, treatment options can vary. Some commonly used treatment methods can include:
  • Hearing aids
  • Contralateral routing of signal (CROS ) devices
  • Cochlear implants
  • Bone conducting hearing systems

Adult ENT