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).
For more information on Treating Single Sided Deafness, click
Link to more about Single Sided
Link to Treating Single Sided Deafness
Link to the Hear the Other Side Report
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'
• Prof. A. D. Mendelow
Consultant Neurosurgeon, Head of Department of Neurosurgery,
Newcastle General Hospital
• Dr C. Shackleton
MBBS DLO MRCGP
GP and Clinical Assistant in ENT, Kettering
This website is supported by Entific Medical Systems.