Hearing loss is a condition that occurs when you are unable to hear normal conversation. It is characterized by difficulty in discerning certain sounds, inability to decipher word endings and you strain to hear people when there is background noise or when there is a distance between you and the talker.
There are three main types of hearing loss:
Other causes like smoking, effects of certain medication and family history could put you at risk.
Signs that you may be suffering from hearing loss:
Additionally, symptoms of age-related hearing loss:
Certain conditions, like age, illness, and genetics, may be responsible for hearing loss. Advanced age is the most common cause of hearing loss. Our ENT specialist will understand your hearing loss symptoms and do a full physical examination to narrow down the reasons of hearing loss. An otoscope may be used to inspect the inside of your ears. An audiologist may be asked to perform a hearing loss test to determine the extent of the hearing loss.
Meet an ENT specialist at Medcare to discuss your difficulties and the best hearing loss treatment for you. If your hearing loss is permanent, our ENT doctor may recommend using a hearing aid.
For persons with profound loss of hearing, cochlear implants can make sounds louder. Other assistive devices, such as telephone amplifiers and lessons in lip reading may help you follow conversations.
If hearing loss is due to otosclerosis, scar tissue, or infection it can be reversed through surgery. Hearing loss caused by infection can often be cleared up with medication
A: Focus on people’s lips and their facial expressions when they talk, in order to understand what they’re saying. Reduce background noise, so you can hear better. Request people to get your attention before they start talking and ask them to speak slowly and clearly but not to shout.
A: You cannot prevent age-related hearing loss but you can stop it from getting worse. Stay away from loud sounds and wear a protective ear-piece when you cannot avoid it. Control your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
A: In Hearing loss otosclerosis is a rare condition that affects the hearing of those afflicted by it. It happens when a bone in the middle ear gets stuck, possibly due to the way bone tissue grows around it. As this bone needs to vibrate for you to hear, if it’s stuck, then sound cannot travel from the middle ear to the inner ear, and the patient becomes hard of hearing.
A: For some patients who cannot hear better with hearing aids, the ENT specialist may recommend a cochlear implant. In this procedure, an electronic device is used to bypass the damaged areas of the ear. Sound signals are delivered to the auditory nerve. A sound processor fitted behind the ear captures sound waves, and transmits them to a receiver implanted behind the ear. This receiver sends the signals to electrodes that have been implanted in the inner ear, also called the cochlea.