Hearing loss doesn’t always happen to both ears at the same time. Sometimes hearing loss can occur in just one ear, while the other ear still functions normally.
Hearing loss in one ear, or single sided deafness (SSD) is the loss of hearing in one ear only, with normal hearing in the other ear. Those affected by this condition may have extra difficulty understanding speech in crowded environments, tuning out background noise and locating the source of a sound. Cases of hearing loss in one ear can range from mild to severe.
Some of the most common signs of hearing loss in one ear include:
There are many possible causes for hearing loss on one side, including:
If the hearing loss is caused by an ear infection or other temporary blockage (such as ear wax) this can usually be treated by your GP, or in the case of wax build up, an ear nurse.
For permanent single-sided hearing loss, there are specific products like the CROS (Contralateral Routing of Signals) system that can help reduce the impact of hearing loss on your life.
The CROS system looks like a pair of hearing aids and picks up sounds and voices from the ear with hearing loss and wirelessly sends them over to the ear with normal hearing.