Question: Hello, my little sister who is 20 just got diagnosed with sudden sensor neural hearing loss (SSHL) and I just wanted to get some expert opinion on what she is supposed to do and what the appropriate treatment is. She has completely lost hearing in one ear. She is taking steroids, but she has not seen any improvement since she got diagnosed. Is there anything else she can do to increase her chance of recovery?
The next step to treating sudden sensor neural hearing loss is usually an intratympanic injection of a steroid medication. This is a usually painless procedure done in the office with topical anesthesia where a liquid steroid medication is injected through the eardrum into the middle ear space.
If she is in the New York area I suggest she Dr. Neil Sperling at our practice.
Hope this clears things up,
Dr. Scott Gold