Facutly Practice Plan

Unilateral Hearing Loss

What is Unilateral Hearing Loss (UHL)?

  • Also known as “Single Sided Deafness”, UHL is having no useable hearing in one ear, but the other ear is normal. 
  • A typically permanent condition diagnosed each year in appoximately 50,000 patients. 
  • A serious, but treatable condition that can affect quality of life.

What causes UHL?

  • Family history or hereditary factors. 
  • Meniere’s disease, acoustic neuroma, or sudden hearing loss. 
  • Viral or bacterial infections, meningitis & mumps. 
  • Injury to the head.


  • Not able to hear speech from your “poor side” 
  • Not knowing where “sounds” are coming from 
  • Difficulty understanding speech in noise, especially when noise is on your “good side” & speech is on your “poorer side”


  • Talk honestly with your Audiologist about daily hearing problems.
  • Allow your Audiologist to professionally evaluate the type and severity of your hearing loss.

Return to: Hearing Education Center > Disease Diagnosis & Treatment > Unilateral Hearing Loss