Unilateral sensorineural hearing loss in adults: Etiology and management

Courtney C J Voelker, Richard A. Chole

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Unilateral sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) affects people at any age, can present as an acute and/or progressive process, and can range from mild to profound. Although the great majority of cases have an unknown cause, the known causes of unilateral SNHL need to be excluded including neoplasms, stroke, demyelinating and autoimmune diseases, infection, perilymphatic fistula, and Ménière's disease. The majority of individuals with idiopathic sudden SNHL will recover complete or partial hearing. However, there is a small subset of patients who remain with unilateral hearing impairment, which can result in communication difficulties. The goal of this article is to present the etiology and medical management of unilateral SNHL in the adult population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-325
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Hearing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 20 2010


  • Baha (bone-anchored hearing aid)
  • CROS (contralateral routing of the signal)
  • single-sided deafness
  • unilateral sensorineural hearing loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing


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