Question:

Hi, during the removal of a brain meningioma, the surgeon cut my hearing nerve on the left side, I was wondering, is there a procedure that can be done to restore the hearing in my left ear.

Answer:

Loss of the hearing nerve (cochlear portion of the 8th cranial nerve) results in profound sensorineural hearing loss.  Standard hearing aids cannot overcome this loss.  However, there are new technologies that exist to re-route the sound from the deafened side to the functional side.  There are several such technologies that may assist you.

We offer all of these options and sometimes, it is best to try each out to know what to expect.

 

Thank you for your question!   I hope this clears things up.

 

Neil Sperling, MD

New York Otolaryngology Group

36A East 36th Street

New York, New York

 

Associate Professor, Dept of Otolaryngology SUNY Downstate Brooklyn, New York