Hearing Care Professionals often use the term "sensori-neural" which is sometimes mistaken for 'nerve deafness'. What this actually means is that it can be "sensory" (in the inner ear) or neural (in the auditory nerve). If a hearing loss is caused by a damaged inner ear, a hearing aid or cochlear implant can be considered to help the person hear. If the damage is in the nerve the only possible treatment is invasive surgery to put an implant higher in the brain (auditory brainstem implant). Unfortunately if a hearing loss is caused by either of these there is no cure just treatment/intervention. If a hearing loss is "conductive" in the middle/outer ear often medical treatment will help.
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