Hearing loss is difficult to live with on so many levels, especially unilateral hearing loss, also known as Single-Sided Deafness (SSD). This impairment occurs when one ear has lost all hearing functions.

Hearing loss in one ear (unilateral hearing loss) makes comprehension in conversations and noise very difficult. People with unilateral hearing loss were found to hear only about 30-35% of everyday conversations and has to make more effort when communicating. Many times they have to adjust their listening position, and group discussions and situations become very difficult. At Physicians Hearing Center, located in Dothan, Alabama, we provide services for patients experiencing hearing loss in one ear.

What can cause unilateral hearing loss?

  • Head injury
  • Vascular problems
  • Sudden loud noise to one ear (acoustic trauma)
  • Bacterial infections
  • Viral infections
  • Meniere’s Disease

What problems does unilateral hearing loss create for people?

  • Decreased sense of direction, distance and movement of sound sources
  • Irritability
  • Mannerisms which appear unusual
  • Frequent headaches
  • Stress
  • Social isolation
  • Anxiousness
  • Jumpiness
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble paying attention to what people are saying, sometimes misdiagnosed as ADHD

How is unilateral hearing loss treated?

Contralateral Routing of Sound (CROS) Hearing aids specifically created for unilateral hearing loss.


Here at Physician’s Hearing Center, we carry the Phonak CROS and BiCROS hearing systems, hearing solutions designed specifically for people with unilateral hearing loss. Discover the difference in Dothan, at Physicians Hearing Center, where we evaluate and treat hearing loss! Contact our office today to learn more.