Speech & Hearing Month 2021: What is Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSNHL)?


Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is an unexplained and rapid loss of hearing. Hearing loss usually occurs over three days or less, usually affecting only one ear. Annually, 27 per 100,000 people will be affected by SSNHL.

SSNHL can heavily impact your mental health and overall quality of life. People with SSNHL may experience ear-fullness, dizziness, and/or tinnitus.

A sudden change in your hearing should not be ignored – seek medical attention right away!

Learn more about SSNHL on the Speech & Hearing Month website

SAC has developed an information sheet on SSNHL for Speech & Hearing Month 2021.




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