Understanding Single-Sided Deafness and What to Do About It



Understanding Single-Sided Deafness. On this video, Emma discusses Single-Sided Deafness (SSD), or unilateral listening to loss – what precisely is it, what are the challenges confronted by somebody with SSD, and what are among the choices at the moment obtainable to deal with it?

Understanding Single-Sided Deafness

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  1. Something funny, I play Skyrim quite a lot, and often I'll have to turn my in-game head towards them if they are on my right. It is honestly is quite strange.

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  2. My 4 months old baby is diagnosed with unilateral deafness. Her left ear is profound they said. While her right ear is very good. Does she need the cochlear implant or she can live normally with one ear hearing only? Pls help. I’m so devastated and don’t know which way we should go. We live in Japan btw and they’re not aggressive here as the US. They just want to wait until she’s 3 years old and see if she can follow sounds and speech and language therapy starts from there too. I need advices pls. Thank you!

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  3. If someone with sshl in one ear decides to have a cochlear implant and the procedure is successful… will the sound I hear in the implant side sound mechanical.? Or will the good ear interpret the sound as the good ear would normally?

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  4. Omg this is amazing!I haven’t considered other options as nobody explained to me that there were any, other than brain surgery or just living with it.About 4 years ago I was diagnosed with a benign tumour right by my brain which messes with my audio reception on my left ear.Its been hellish trying to cope with it,especially since I started college and am meeting new people left and right (pun intended 😂).I can’t wait to talk to my doctor about it!

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  5. I recently went pretty much deaf in my right ear but I could have easily died several times during my youth so I'm lucky to just be alive.or there was a reason for all these things.

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  6. Madam, what about options in mild loss in one ear that too in low frequency. Audiologist told me that aid may not solve issue since I have good hearing in one ear, what to do madam I am 32 yrs it happened last month only. So much tensed and dont know what to do. I was on leave for this one month can I join back office and resume my job?. Can I live a normal life. I can hear higher frequency sounds in my bad ear only cant pick up sounds in background sounds. And paying more concentration to hear everything. Pls replay how I can move forward. I even thought of ending my self…….

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  7. Considering that this excellent video is most likely watched by people with hearing impairments, might it not be a great idea to include subtitles? Sadly, this is the sort of systematic short sightedness I personally encounter from "health professionals" who speak hurriedly in a low voice.

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  8. Thank you for this video, I suffered a sudden violent pop in my ears and I been completely deaf in my left ear except for a loud ringing after the pop. It's been 5 days since and I am trying to get into to see a doctor but looks like I waited to long to save my hearing. I know it was linked to circulatory issues because I just had a massive blood clot in my leg and while I was in E.R. it broke and a chunk went to my lung saddle. I'm sure it was something related to high blood pressure and blockage in my arteries. I hope I don't have to live the rest of my life like this, I'm only 44 Ugh…

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  9. I have never seen a generous and helping being like Doctor Madida who handed over to me the cure to Tinnitus condition and this medicine perfectly healed me of my Tinnitus.
    All thanks to God for helping me find doctor Madida on YouTube.

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  10. I'm 28 and I was born completely deaf in my right ear. Without background noise (groups chatting, loud music, heavy rain,) I can hear just as good as most people from all directions. But I can't tell the direction of sound and this makes me awkward and stressed out in groups. In fact, when I was about 8 I was misdiagnosed with autism because of my very poor social skills. In my private life this has very little effect on me and sometimes I even forget that I'm half deaf. But my public/work life has been severely limited because of it. All the careers I wanted to pursue In life I couldn't join including the navy/air force or working on big boats. Although, it feels unfair, it's understandable why though. Most jobs I've had I've ran into problems especially factory jobs where I'm pretty much completely deaf around machinery. Even at the Walmart deli I was surprised and bummed out that I couldn't hear the customers over the fryers behind me.

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  11. Hello I was born deaf in my right ear and have never had a hearing aid, recently though I've been experiencing an off balanced sensation more so on my deaf side. Could it be related to me needing a hearing aid?

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  12. Hi, very informative video.
    I have used cross for a little while, however I found the good ear had to compensate too much and I gave up on using my aids.
    I've read about SoundBite Hearing System, however it doesn't seem to be common in UK as of yet and I wonder why. Have you heard of it and would you know if it's any good for SSD?

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  13. I'm usually very calm. That fact that you recognize that people with SSD can become frustrated even if just internally, made me tear up a little.

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  14. Hey, I don't know from where and when I don't hear from my right ear .. last year i realized i can't hear from my right ear cz i didn't know about this.. just few weeks ago i got a checkup and they put me a headphone like db type system and heard for the 1st time in my left ear with that headphone.. the db was really high on that headphone cz of…. They suggest me to take Myelin 30 tablets … I got like 7 tablets and i think its a working at all and its so bad… I don't know what to do now…plf Response if possible 😣

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  15. and we feel shy to share this information. for getting selected in good company it is really hard. I am doing security and feel so low when i have to say to repeat everything . sometimes i cry on my diaability

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  16. does SSD cause tinnitus? For as long as I can remember I've had ringing sound in my right ear, since I'm deaf on my left ear I've always thought it was the sound of silence but no it was f**king tinnitus. so does being deaf on one ear triggers tinnitus?

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  17. i am from Pakistan. i am also cant hear from my left ear. so difficult to survive with one ear .i am like psyco confused personality in school,college and university life and confidence level is 0 . my fucking deafness made me this pitiful person. i cant do job after my mba coz i m deaf, last yeare i go to audiologist but they say ur one ear is completely normal so u cant use hearing aid .but i also feel pain from my good ear when i listening something and i just talk on call for 1 or 2 minuts only if i talk more than 2 minuts then i feel pain from my good ear for an hour .and i cant use hand free. my life is just pitiful .now i am going to a ENT specielist.ALLAH HELP ME

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  18. I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease a few years ago and have 80% hearing loss in one year. I was told by my ENT a traditional hearing aid would not work for me, but that the Baha would be a good option. I was given a "test" unit to try, which basically held the device against the head with a soft band instead of having the surgery. I went out to eat and to the Mall and was immediately sold, but my insurance wouldn't cover the costs. We never discussed Cochlear Implant on the bad hearing side, but your video got me thinking. I'm about to go back and have my hearing retested after 3 years. If the Baha test seemed to work ok, do you think the Cochlear implant would be a reasonable thing to consider (not sure how you would identify a good candidate). I'm in the U.S. so I don't know how common it is to do Cochlear implants here, but I'm also wondering does cochlear implant allow you hear the sound as though its actually coming from the right direction? Meaning instead of sending the signal to the other ear, does it essentially sound like it's coming from the direction it actually came from?

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  19. From a young age I had hearing problems in my left ear. even though people were whispering to me, I couldn't hear them. But what makes me confused is that eventho I just cover my right ear but it's feel like I'm covering both my ears (you must know what I mean right). So the question here is do I have single sided deafness?

    Can you please help me😭😭

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  20. Thank you as always for your great videos. I suffered sudden sensorineural hearing loss in my left ear 10 years ago, when I was 40 . A hearing aid in my "severe hearing loss" ear will allow me to hear sounds; but the loss to nerves connecting to hearing brain means I cannot "understand" the sounds (i.e. just distorted sounds). Trialled various top-range CROS HAs, for months, a couple of times, over the past few years; however do not work in places with any background noise (In quiet office environment, my good right ear picks up fine anyhow, so can't notice the benefit of CROS much) As you mentioned, Cochlear Implants is now an option. However having been "deaf" in one ear for so long, one major concern is if my brain will quickly re-adapt to "understand" the electrical nerve impulses in a reasonable period of time (i.e. months, not years) given this is an invasive, destructive (i.e destroys nerves) and irreversible treatment. I am sure every case is different; however appreciate your insights based on any anecdotal patient cases & experiences to date; as well as suggestions for any other potential options? Thank you.

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  21. I lost my right ear hearing due to ball hits my ear and damage my ear drum n i completly lost my one sided hearing..unluckly i face a lot of problems dialy…can u give a any solution .Iam from pakistan

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  22. Thought this was starting to happen just to find out i just had a bad experience with a piar of bluetooth earbuds, tested this with my plug-in headset and both sounded the same glad i wasn't going deaf

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  23. That is very informative, Emma! Recently sudden one side hearing loss and going through the traumatic emotional roller coasters. This video makes me see a brighter future. Thanks!

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  24. I went deaf in my left ear when I was 11 (~14 yrs ago), and had a shunt put in for vertigo (I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease and I do not know if that was correct). I was also injected with Gentamicin and a steroid at the beginning.
    Do any of those operations preclude being treated with a Cochlear implant or the Baha?
    Thank you very much for this video!

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  25. Accordiing to my experience CROS system is not a good option: the head shadow effect is lowered but there is much more noise in the valid ear

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  26. I was born deaf in my left ear as well :), I’m 21 years old and to this day I haven’t felt the absolute need to get treatment or surgery either. But tbh there are it’s moments which I’m sure you know what I mean. It does upset me at times tho, I wish more people knew or just understood me. I was always left out on things and people wouldn’t have patience for me. Altho, I think about how much it truly has molded me into the person I am today. I like quiet space, engaging in meaningful conversations. I’ve learn to be humbled and be thankful for what I CAN hear.

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  27. Such a shame that i bought a hearing aid that cost almost 2000 Canadian for my non-hearing ear and i wore them for almost 2 years until i realize that it is simply not working for me. The hearing aid works per se, I can hear music, voices and background noise when i cover my good ear and only use the one with the hearing aid, but for some reason my brain never adapted to it, i still feel like i cannot hear and i am still reliant on my good ear, even my audiologist told me that sometimes it do happen. Hopefully in the future there will be another form of hearing device that will work for me.

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  28. I have single sided deafness in my left ear and high and low frequency hearing loss in my right year. I've been told for years that no hearing aid would help because of my unique hearing loss in my right ear. I tried to wear a Resound hearing aid in the 90s but it only picked up background noise so I end up quit wearing it.

    Do you think I would be a good candidate?

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  29. Hello im deaf in one ear since birth and il be trying out this cross hearing aid in about a week, im so excited people really don't know the struggle and alot of people probably think i ignore them hahah. The sad part is i dont have insurance and if i ended up wanting to buy them its going to cost me 3600$ hahah RIP

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  30. I’m deaf on the left side since I’m born and I am grateful that at least my right ear is normal and I don’t feel the need to get a surgery to treat my left ear because mostly I don’t feel that this effect me that much 😁

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  31. Hello, I m from India. My 7 year old son have complete deaf in his left ear but he has good hearing in his Right ear. I consulted Audiologist and they said and tried hearing aid but bcoz of complete deaf in left ear cross didn't work bcoz he did not catch the sound 120 db. So any suggestion can you give what can we do? He is good in sports. is it beneficial to go with BAHA or cochlear? Is it affect his sports activities after BAHA or cochlear implant?
    Thank you for sharing this video.

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  32. I was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma few years ago. Doctors removed the tumor, but it was too risky to save the hearing. I now have permanent hearing loss in one ear. It can be very frustrating not being able to have full hearing capacity. After 10 hours of surgery and having my skull drilled and opened, I am petrified of having anything going near my skull again, so BAHA will probably not be a good option for me. I hope someday there’ll be better hearing aid that would be simple to use

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