Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Maria | 2012/06/13


Sensorineural hearing loss - spontaneous improvement?

My daughter was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss due to cytomegalo virus at the age of 6 and a half. Her left ear is completely deaf, and the right has mild hearing loss but severe enough to warrant a hearing aid.

She is now 10 years old. Bi-annual hearing tests showed a fairly stable result. Yesterday her test showed significant improvement in the right ear - around 10 decibels on each frequency and even slight hearing in the left ear. Is this possible? I wonder if she wasn''''t picking up on the audiologist''''s body language despite her efforts to stay entirely neutral during the test.

We will retest in 3 months time.

Expert's Reply



It would be very unusual for your daughter's hearing to suddenly improve to this extent. In most children with this problem hearing loss tends to worsen with time rather than to improve.Hopefully your daughter's hearing has shown an improvement despite the odds against this happening.Hearing tests are usually recommended annually

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