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What is Sensorineural Hearing loss?

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of all hearing losses.  It is the hearing loss which is due to nerve damage or reduced sensitivity of the sensory and the neural parts of the human ear. 

There are 9 signs of sensorineural hearing loss.  They are:

  • difficulty following conversations
  • can not understand speech in a noisy environment
  • others seem to be mumbling
  • request others to repeat themselves
  • increase the volume of the TV
  • difficulty speaking over the phone
  • need to look at the speaker (lipread) to follow the conversation
  • exhausted after a lengthy conversation
  • avoiding social functions

The 7 main causes of sensorineural hearing loss are:

  • the aging process
  • exposure to loud sounds
  • physical injury of the inner ear by a head trauma
  • infections and diseases like Meniere’s disease, mumps, measles or high fever.
  • family history of hearing loss (genetic contribution)
  • malformation of the inner ear
  • ototoxicity due to certain medicines like some cancer treatments

There are no medicines or surgical procedures to cure sensorineural Hearing Loss.  In fact, hearing aids are the most common remedy for sensorineural hearing loss.  Thus, if you or a loved one suspects a sensorineural hearing loss, one should not wait and you should get your hearing tested.  We at the Hearing Institute of Ontario believe that everyone over the age of 50 should get their hearing tested to ensure that we are living our best life possible.


At the Hearing Institute of Ontario, your hearing health is important to us.
Contact our Mississauga, Oakville or Scarborough office for a FREE consultation with our knowledgeable and experienced audiologists, to discuss the best hearing solution for your hearing loss type.

Differences Between an Audiologist and a Hearing Instrument Dispenser

Audiologists and Hearing Instrument Specialists are both professionals trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat hearing and balance issues, but their roles, educational backgrounds, and scopes of practice differ. Here are some key differences:

Educational Background


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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audiologist vs HID scope of practice

Scope of Practice


Hearing Instrument Specialist

Regulatory Bodies


Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Services Provided


Hearing Instrument Specialist

All client care at Hearing Institute of Ontario is provided by certified Audiologists who are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario


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