Dear Reader, I've been diagnosed with Sensorineural (or nerve) deafness and started wearing hearing aids at the age of 10. It is caused by damage to the auditory nerve that runs to the brain. This means that sounds are blocked at the dead nerve and doesn't complete the full path to the brain. This type … Continue reading It is far preferable to listen to clear speech in clear noise than distorted speech in distorted noise. – Mead Killion. PhD.