Hearing loss treatment – Can you save your hearing?

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 Hearing loss treatment – Can you save your hearing?

What Types of Hearing Loss Can Be Treated?

The first question many people with hearing loss may ask is if it can be treated. To answer this question, yes, there are lots of hearing loss treatment options to achieve better hearing. It’s important to take note that some of the options that are provided may depend on how severe your hearing loss is. This is why it is extremely important to notice the signs and symptoms as soon as possible as it may provide a various of treatment options.

There are three types of hearing loss, in which they are treatable and managed. If your hearing loss is severe, it may not be completely treatable, however there are options to help manage the hearing loss and provide a better hearing quality that is suitable for you.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to make an appointment to be safe.

 

Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss is caused by problems with your ear canal, ear drum, or your middle ear and the little bones that are located in the ears.

What causes conductive hearing loss?

    • Malformation of the outer ear, ear canal, or the structure of the middle ear
    • Poor Eustachian tube function
    • Perforated eardrum
    • Foreign object in the ear
    • Benign tumors
    • Otosclerosis (A disorder in which a bony growth forms around a small bone that is located in the middle ear, preventing it from vibrating)
    • Ear wax buildup
    • An ear infection and an infection that’s located in the ear canal
    • Allergies
    • Fluid in the middle ear that is caused from colds

Treating hearing loss

    • Hearing aids– Patients who have conductive hearing loss are often excellent for hearing aids as this type of hearing loss is in the outer or middle ear. This requires sounds to be amplified to overcome the hearing loss, then they are able to clearly understand the sounds in their environment and hear what is being said to them. Hearing aids may be surgically inserted into your ear or they can be taken on and off, similar to a pair of glasses.
    • Medication- As listed above, one of the causes of conductive hearing loss is an ear infection or fluid in the ear. To treat this, your local doctor may prescribe medication such as antibiotics or antifungal.
    • Surgery– If the hearing loss is caused by a damaged eardrum or damaged bones in the middle ear, surgery may be needed.
What Types of Hearing Loss Can Be Treated

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss is caused by problems of your inner ear, also known as nerve related hearing loss.

The causes of sensorineural hearing loss

    • Exposure to loud noise and sounds (It is preventable but it’s not reversable)
    • Malformation of the inner ear
    • Aging
    • Head trauma
    • Virus or diseases
    • Otosclerosis
    • Heredity
    • Autoimmune inner ear disease (A rare disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your inner ear by mistake)
    • Ménière’s disease (A disorder that is caused by fluid buildup in the chambers in the inner ear)

 

Treating hearing loss

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When someone is diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, the severity can impact the treatment options which is why it is important to detect this type of hearing loss as soon as possible.

  • Hearing aids are definitely an option to consider. Whether your hearing loss is slight or profound, hearing aids are a good first option when considering treatment. These devices are small and you can wear them inside your ear or behind your ear. Hearing aids provide better sound quality, making it easy to understand others when being talked to and being aware of your surroundings.
  • Implants are another option to consider. Bone-anchored hearing aids sit in the bone behind your ear and may be a great choice for those whom an ear-worn device is not appropriate.

Other treatment options for sensorineural hearing loss

 

  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (Also known as SSHL), is considered to be a viral origin, this is treated with an otologic emergency that is medically treated with corticosteroids.

 

  • Corticosteroids can also be used to reduce the cochlea hair cell swelling and inflammation after being exposed to loud noise. Corticosteroids is any group of steroid hormones that is produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically. There are two different kinds: glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. They have various metabolic functions and some are used to treat inflammation.

 

  • Sensorineural hearing loss can occur from trauma to the head or abrupt changes in air pressure (for example; airplane descent), which can cause inner ear fluid compartment rupture or leakage. This can be toxic to the inner ear. There has been variable success with emergency surgery when this happens.

 

  • Bilateral progressive hearing loss over several months, also known as autoimmune inner ear disease, is managed medically with long-term corticosteroids and sometimes with drug therapy as well. Autoimmune inner ear disease is when the body’s immune system mistakes its defenses against the inner ear structures to cause damage in this part of the body.

 

  • Fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss may be from an unknown cause or it can be associated with Ménière’s disease. Symptoms of Meniere’s disease include hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and vertigo. Ménière’s disease may be treated medically with a low-sodium diet, diuretics, and corticosteroids. If the vertigo is not controlled medically, then various surgical procedures are used to eliminate the vertigo.

 

  • Sensorineural hearing loss from disease in the central nervous system may respond to medical management for the specific disease that is affecting the nervous system. For example, secondary hearing loss to multiple sclerosis may be reversed with treatment for the multiple sclerosis.

 

  • Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss, is often the most common form of hearing loss, may be managed with hearing aids. When hearing aids are not enough to help, this type of hearing loss can be surgically treated with cochlear implants.

If your hearing loss is more severe, talk to your doctor immediately about a cochlear implant as this may be the best option for your treatment.

 

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is caused by a combination of conductive damage that is located in the outer or the middle ear and sensorineural damage in the inner ear (also known as cochlea) or auditory nerve.

Treatment for hearing loss – not only the hearing aids

  • Hearing aids are often an option to help people who have mixed hearing loss. Behind the ear style hearing aids may be prescribed as an option, because the power this style contains is sometimes needed to address the hearing loss.
  • Another option is cochlear implants as they can be used to address the sensorineural aspect of mixed hearing loss.
  • Conductive hearing loss can sometimes occur and be treated with surgery, usually in the case of a blockage or a tumor.
  • Removing earwax– Buildup of ear wax can block the ear canal and cause temporary conductive hearing loss. It may also prevent hearing aids from being able to work correctly. Using over the counter wax removal kits or visiting a doctor are both great options for addressing the ear wax.

 

Hearing loss can be managed and treated. The earlier you detect the symptoms of hearing loss, the more likely you are to avoid damage that cannot be irreversible. Don’t wait, as soon as you notice the signs make an appointment and get the answers you need to start your treatment today.

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