What Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss? Alka Yagnik Diagnosed With Rare Condition, Advises Young Fans Against Loud Music & Headphones

What Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss? Alka Yagnik Diagnosed With Rare Condition, Advises Young Fans Against Loud Music & Headphones

Veteran playback singer Alka Yagnik has revealed that she has been diagnosed with a rare sensory neural nerve sensory loss. This news has shocked the music industry and fans across internet have sent their prayers and support to her.

Amisha ShirgaveUpdated: Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 06:39 PM IST
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Renowned Indian playback singerAlka Yagnik took to Instagram on Tuesday sharing that she suffered a sudden hearing loss. She shared her health condition that kept her away from the limelight for quite a while. The 58-year-old singer reached out to her fans and well-wishers for support and asked them to keep her in their prayers. "It has been diagnosed by my docs as a rare sensory neural nerve hearing loss, due to a viral attack…This sudden, major setback has caught me completely unawares", said the veteran singer.

Alka Yagnik has been a renowned singer in the Indian Music Industry. Her versatile and melodious voice captured many hearts. She has recorded countless songs over several decades and she has also lent her vocals to around 7000 songs in various Indian languages.

In 2023, Alka become the most streamed artist on You Tube, surpassing International artists like BTS and Taylor Swift. Yagnik's music consists of a blend that has both traditional and modern elements and this is the reason listeners from all age group love her songs.

Apart from having recorded thousands of songs, Alka Yagnik has also performed at many concerts. She usually performed as a part of the trio that consisted of Alka herself, Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu. They were the golden voices of the 90's. Due to her profession, this veteran singer has always been exposed to sounds, loud music and headsets. This might be the reason for her sensory hearing loss.

Soon after the news about Alka Yagnik's hearing loss spread, people are left wondering about what this rare condition is, how it is caused and what are the precautions that can be taken.

What is Sensory Neural Loss?

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a condition that occurs when the inner ear or the nerve that connects the ear to the brain is damaged.

Most of the adults that lose their hearing ability are affected by this syndrome. Exposure to loud noises, genetics and ageing are common reasons for this hearing loss condition. "Ototoxic drugs, trauma from head injuries or loud noise exposure, genetic factors, and age-related degeneration are also significant contributors. This disorder is relatively rare due to its sudden onset and frequent misdiagnosis", says Dr. Sheetal Goyal, Neurologist, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai Central. SNHL is not a life threatening condition but it can affect you everyday communication if not treated in time.

What are the causes and prevention methods for SNHL?

"Sudden sensory neural hearing loss due to a viral attack presents with symptoms such as rapid hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness, and difficulty understanding speech. The primary causes of this condition include viral infections like mumps, measles, rubella, herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and HIV, as well as bacterial infections such as meningitis", Adds Dr. Sheetal.

When asked about the preventive measures to avoid being affected by SNHL, the doctor mentioned vaccination, maintaining a healthy lifestyle to support a strong immune system, and protecting ears from loud noises could be a start.

Dr. Sheetal also added that people might take time for recovering from this condition. It might either take days or weeks, depending on the severity and prompt treatment, often involving steroids to reduce inflammation. "It is crucial to seek immediate medical help if symptoms arise, adhere to medical advice, and have regular hearing check-ups. It is important to avoid self-diagnosis, not ignore symptoms, prevent prolonged exposure to loud noises, and not stop prescribed medications abruptly".

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