Can ear infections lead to SNHL?

Posted on Thu, 2 Aug 2018 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: what could be infected causing conductive hearing loss but fooling the weber/rinnes and audiology tests into a false SNHL mis diagnosis?

The ear is healthy. No visual sign of infection yet something is infected causing conductive hearing loss. The ear is sending a signal but its not reaching the brain.
what could be infected? The auditory nerve?

Would an ENT doctor be able to see an infected auditory nerve?
Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Long-term ear Infection usually causes SNHL

Detailed Answer:
Hello Sir

I can certainly understand your concern

Infection seems to be the predominant cause of hearing loss in your case.

Infection is known to cause mixed pattern of hearing loss depending on its site ( external ear, middle ear or inner ear).

Auditory nerve is a component of inner ear and hence it's malfunctioning along with Cochlear damage can be objectively picked by PTA. It's dysfunction if any can be readily identified by an expert ENT surgeon.

To identify the location of Infection and to assess the type of hearing loss accurately, I'd advise you to take up HRCT (High-resolution CT scan) of the temporal bone and Pure tone Audiometry (PTA) respectively.

Further management if any is largely based on test results.

Thank you

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Dr. Suresh Heijebu

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