What is Syndromic Hearing Loss?

At Advanced Hearing, we hold a strong belief that if those with hearing loss understand their diagnosis, sufferers and their carers are able to find the best and most affordable treatments and coping strategies out there.

The complexity of a hearing loss or aural damage diagnosis stretches from genetic hearing loss to hearing loss caused by damage. Although you may receive a diagnosis very similar to some-one else, the details of the diagnosis and the fact that everybody is different, means that the way the diagnosis manifests in symptoms and healing/ worsening varies drastically. Only by understanding the complex language that specialist doctors use can sufferers be empowered to make the right choices.

The truth is, for the absolute majority of hearing loss cases, you can live a largely normal life, with a high-quality of life. But hearing aids and treatments are an important part of that.

Today we're exploring terminology you may have heard used when your doctor made your formal diagnosis: the word “syndromic”. 

What Is Syndromic Hearing Loss?

Syndromic hearing loss usually relates to a genetically inherited hearing loss condition. Syndromic hearing loss usually refers to hearing loss that is a result of another health problem or condition not directly from the ear. There are likely to be other symptoms throughout the body that point to a condition that, as a by-product, causes hearing loss.

How Is Syndromic Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

As syndromic hearing loss refers to hearing loss caused by other conditions, your specialist doctor will conduct a whole-body, holistic diagnosis to assess the cause. In many case, sensorineural hearing loss (hearing loss caused by damage in the ear) is first caused by another condition. Doctors will check the common conditions associated with syndromic hearing loss. This may include conducting an eye examination, an integumentary examination (the skin), a cardiac assessment, a renal assessment (the kidneys), a dental examination, a metabolic assessment, a study of any chromosomal (genetic) abnormalities, any neurological abnormalities or in the skull or face, as well as any skeletal examinations. A possible sufferer of syndromic hearing loss is not likely to go through all of these diagnoses tests, instead, an obvious symptom is likely to lead the doctor to understand the exact type of condition you may have.

Why Is It Important to Understand Syndromic Hearing Loss?

Most genetically inherited hearing loss diagnoses are usually non-syndromic. This means that hearing loss occurs as a direct result of damage in the ear. However, syndromic hearing loss does occur, and the most effective treatments and coping strategies are likely to be different than those for non-syndromic hearing loss. It is crucially important that you choose the right, tailored hearing aids for your particular type of hearing loss and set of symptoms. In many cases, treatment in conjunction with hearing aids can make a significant difference to your health. Importantly, we don't aim to provide medical advice which replaces the advice of your doctor. Make sure that you talk to your specialist doctor who made your diagnosis if there is any part of it that you do not understand.

Are you suffering from diagnosed hearing loss? Is your hearing aid not as effective as you would like?

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