What is acquired sensorineural hearing loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a specific type of hearing loss that involves damage to, or dysfunction of, the inner ear (as opposed to other structures of the ear). Acquired SNHL can happen as the result of premature birth, infections, or exposure to loud noise or to certain drugs, resulting in irreversible damage to the fragile hair cells (cilia) in the inner ear.<sup>105</sup>
Children who have low or high frequency hearing loss.103
50% - 70%
Children whose SNHL has no genetic component (acquired).104
Young adults with hearing loss who experience a limitation in daily functioning.103
Infants born in the U.S. from 2005-2014 with hearing loss.103