The Impact of Hearing Loss in One Ear

We Spend 75% Of Our Waking Hours In Oral CommunicationWe spend 75% of our waking hours in oral communication, and more time listening than speaking, reading, or writing. Untreated hearing loss can be frustrating and can create an array of challenges for the sufferer.

Single-Sided Deafness (also known as SSD or Unilateral Sensorineural Hearing Loss) and Conductive Hearing Loss (CHL) patients report mild to severe hearing loss in one ear.

Often untreated, hearing loss in one ear can cause:

  • Difficulties hearing in background noise
  • Safety concerns
  • Social challenges

Studies indicate that there also long-term economic, emotional, and other risks from SSD and CHL.

Sensorineural and Conductive Hearing Loss Challenges

Easy to See

CommunicationDifficulty hearing on deaf side, especially in background noise

SafetyIncreased safety risk due to missing environmental cues

SocialMisunderstandings and avoidance of difficult social situations

Difficult to See

EmotionalReduced quality of life and risk of anxiety and depression

MemoryMemory is impaired when more effort is spent listening

ProfessionalMany (40%) eventually move to lighter work or leave work

Hearing Loss Patients: In Their Own Words

John Sudden Hearing Loss

John, Sudden Hearing Loss

"Once I knew that I'd lost my hearing and knew that it wasn't going to come back, I was a bit fearful and disappointed, and it definitely impacted my life in interpersonal ways. In a room full of people, it's like I'm gasping for air or drowning. I simply want to get out of that room and I feel better on the outside."
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Kim Ménière's Disease

Kim, Ménière's Disease

"I was entirely frustrated. I was nervous about not being able to hear a car coming or hearing a siren right away. It made me feel embarrassed that I had a problem and didn't have any help for it. When someone told a joke and everyone was laughing, I would smile and just laugh. I had no idea what they were saying and what the joke was."
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Tim Acoustic Neuroma

Tim, Acoustic Neuroma

"Losing my hearing was extremely stressful. I found myself having a great difficulty interacting in social and family situations. The impact on my professional life was also profound. I found myself wondering if I was going to be able to continue work."
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Sources:
"Listening: Our Most Used Communication Skills" University of Missouri; http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPrinterFriendlyPub.aspx?P=CM150
Advisory Group for Single-Sided Deafness. (2003). Hear the Other Side.
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Sano H, et al. Quality of life reported by patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Otol Neurotol. 2013;34(1):36-40.
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Boxtel MP, et al. Mild hearing impairment can reduce verbal memory performance in a healthy adult population. J Clin Exp Neuropsych. 2000;22(1):147-54.