Sudden hearing loss is sometimes referred to as sensorineural hearing loss. It is a condition that strikes more than 4,000 people each year according to the website, Deaf Linx. This is not normal and indicates a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention.
Although it is named “sudden hearing loss,” this condition can actually take weeks or months to fully develop. Even so, a dramatic loss in hearing occurs at one time, making the impairment a “sudden” one. It can happen to people of any age, but those who are older than age 45 are more likely to experience it. Men and women are equally as likely to develop this syndrome.