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What is Single Sided Deafness?
Single Sided Deafness (SSD) is the term given to significant or total hearing loss in one ear. SSD is usually a permanent condition. There are a number of causes of SSD including sudden deafness, measles, mumps, trauma, acoustic neuroma tumours and hereditary disorders. Every year there are approximately 200 new cases of SSD per million inhabitants in the world.

How does Single Sided Deafness affect people?
Single Sided Deafness (SSD) affects sufferers in different ways and can be very debilitating. The inability to determine the direction of a sound can make even the simplest day to day tasks like crossing the road, cycling and jogging both difficult and dangerous. But by far the biggest obstacle for SSD sufferers is socialising in large groups or noisy environments. In these circumstances, many sufferers feel excluded because they miss out on conversations, while others worry that they will appear ignorant or rude if they do not hear a question.

Are there treatments for Single Sided Deafness?
There is no cure for permanent Single Sided Deafness (SSD). However, there are treatments available which can restore the sensation of hearing to the deaf side. The treatment is possible irrespective of the length of time a patient has suffered from SSD. There are two main treatment options available for SSD – the BAHA (a bone anchored hearing device) and the CROS aid (Contralateral Routing Of Signal).

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About this site…
The information on this website has been provided by the Advisory Group for Single Sided Deafness.

The Advisory Group comprises:

• Mr K. L. Dimmelow
Vice Chairman of BANA

• Mr A. Fitzgerald O'Connor
Consultant Otolaryngologist, St. Thomas' Hospital, London

• Mr I. J. M Johnson
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

• Ms C. McKinney
Audiological Scientist, Head of Audiology, Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospital, London

• Prof. A. D. Mendelow
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Head of Department of Neurosurgery, Newcastle General Hospital

• Dr C. Shackleton
GP and Clinical Assistant in ENT, Kettering

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