Sudden Idiopathic Hearing Loss

Sudden Idiopathic Hearing Loss Treatment at Oxford Recovery Center

Sudden idiopathic hearing loss (SIHL), also known as Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL) is an urgent situation characterized by an acute onset of hearing loss.  It may occur in an instant or happen over several days.  The suspected causes of this are viral infections, cochlear artery occlusion, rupture of the intracochlear membranes, and biochemical alterations.  The sooner you seek treatment, the better    

Characteristics of SIHL 

Frequently affects only one ear 

A loud “pop” just before hearing disappears 

Feeling of ear fullness 


Ringing in the ear(s) 

Oxford Recovery Center’s Approach to Sudden Idiopathic Hearing Loss 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy decreases inflammation, oxygenates the entire body, stimulates the growth of new healthy blood vessels, and releases stem cells, up to 800% more after twenty sessions!  Treatment of SIHL primarily focuses on improving blood flow and increasing oxygen supply in the inner ear.  ENT physicians typically treat SIHL with steroids.  While effective, research has shown that patient who treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in addition to steroids had significantly higher rates of recovery than those who treated with steroids alone, including in patients with severe hearing loss ( 80 dB).