Sensorineural deafness

Alternative names
Nerve deafness

Definition
Sensorineural deafness is an irreversible type of hearing loss that occurs when cochlear sensorineural elements or the cochlear nerve is damaged in some way; it can progress to total deafness in the involved ear(s).

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Dave R. Roger, M.D.

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