A to Z: Hearing Loss, Neuralenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about causes of hearing loss and conditions that can affect the auditory nerve.Neural hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss, SNHL, nerve-related hearing loss, nerve deafness, hearing, ears, inner ear, middle ear, auditory nerve, cochlear nerve, sign language, lip reading, noise exposure, acoustic neuroma, tumors, otitis media, ear infections09/06/201304/04/201909/02/20194bc633ba-829e-44dd-89ac-fc8ac127e143https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-neural.html/<p><em>May also be called: Sensorineural Hearing Loss; SNHL; Nerve Deafness; Nerve-Related Hearing Loss</em></p> <p>Neural (NOOR-ul) hearing loss is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/">hearing</a> loss caused by a missing or damaged auditory nerve.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The inner <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears.html/">ear</a> receives vibrations from the middle ear and converts them into <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html/">nerve</a> impulses that travel to the brain along the auditory nerve, also known as the cochlear nerve. A disorder or damage that affects the auditory nerve can interfere with the transmission of nerve impulses to the brain and cause hearing loss that is usually permanent.</p> <p>Disorders of the auditory nerve are sometimes present at birth, but they can also be caused by illnesses, infections, head injuries, certain drugs, too much exposure to loud noises, and tumors, such as an acoustic neuroma (a benign tumor that can form on the auditory nerve).</p> <p>The degree of neural hearing loss can be mild, moderate, severe, or profound. Sometimes the loss is progressive (hearing gradually becomes poorer) and sometimes unilateral (one ear only). Symptoms may also include ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus).</p> <p>Hearing aids usually don't help with neural hearing loss since the auditory nerve has trouble transmitting sounds to the brain. In some cases, people with severe neural hearing loss can benefit from learning skills like sign language and lip reading.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Not every case of neural hearing loss is permanent. If treatment is started early enough, some people eventually regain much of their hearing. For those who don't, speech and language therapy and educational programs can allow them to lead normal, productive lives.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Hearing Loss, ConductiveLearn about causes of hearing loss and conditions that can affect the outer ear and middle ear.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hearing-conductive.html/4e12bb74-3190-4146-ac05-0c550d5baf25
Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)Some kids have hearing loss due to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), a problem in the transmission of sound from the inner ear to the brain.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ansd.html/4072a0d0-3b8d-4732-bcac-9bcc561f409b
Can Loud Music Hurt My Ears?Loud music can cause temporary and permanent hearing loss. Learn how to protect your ears so you won't be saying, "Huh? What did you say?"https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/rock-music.html/4f1d6c6d-b485-4f3c-8755-268031bd53b3
EarsHearing is their main job, but it's not all your ears do. Find out all about them in this body basics article for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ears.html/0e069e5b-afbe-4a02-91fb-cf89eac5a427
Going to the AudiologistWhen a kid has trouble hearing, an audiologist can help. That's a person specially trained to understand how hearing works and to help kids who don't hear normally.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/hearing-test.html/1183d59f-cba5-4863-a333-e4aa73e6d828
Hearing Evaluation in ChildrenHearing problems can be overcome if they're caught early, so it's important to get your child's hearing screened early and checked regularly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hear.html/f867639c-fb49-46cc-a897-8386816dad97
Hearing ImpairmentHearing impairment occurs when there's a problem with or damage to one or more parts of the ear. Find out its causes and what can be done to help correct it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hearing-impairment.html/66d2cedf-4bea-4da5-b6f2-62fd222fd246
How the Ears Work (Video)The ears gather sounds from our environment and turn them into messages for the brain to decode. Learn more in this video about the ears. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ears-video.html/7c3d7a77-13d5-4f22-82b4-59abb8cbe688
Taking Care of Your EarsHow do you take care of your ears? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ear-care.html/9bc04e54-3fe6-452c-8d9f-989c34ec781e
What's Hearing Loss?Hearing loss happens when there is a problem with the ear, nerves connected to the ear, or the part of the brain that controls hearing. Someone who has hearing loss may be able to hear some sounds or nothing at all. To learn more, read this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/hearing-impairment.html/9a3276cb-c032-4e30-8c12-a349f4d911f7
Your EarsNow hear this! Here's an article about ears. Find out how your amazing ears do their amazing job.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/ears.html/0f4e16f5-a934-4961-a1b7-12e8f53619f4