There is help for patients with all types of hearing loss. Treatment depends on why the deafness exists and how severe it is.
Sensorineural hearing loss is incurable. When the hair cells in the cochlea are damaged, they cannot be repaired. However, various treatments and strategies can help improve the patient’s quality of life.
Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, reported in July 2012 that congenital hearing loss can be reversed in a mouse model. They hope their research will eventual lead to gene therapy for humans.