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Hearing loss cannot be cured as it is a permanent condition, but it can be treated. Perhaps the most important step is coming to terms with the condition. Whatever the cause may be, it is important to move forward rather than backwards. In order to do this, it is essential to get the necessary hearing loss treatment that is available so that one can focus on the more important things in life.
Understanding Types and Causes
Sensorineural Hearing Loss
Among the most common types, sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there has been damage to the auditory nerve or to the cells within the inner ear. It can happen for many reasons. Working in a loud environment or being exposed to loud noises even for a short period of time can be the cause. It can also be the side effect of some medicines. Although it is less common, you can also simply be born with sensorineural loss of hearing or develop it from having some diseases and infections, such as the measles.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Conductive hearing loss happens less than sensorineural. This is because an obstruction to the outer or middle ear has to be present in order to cause this type. Foreign objects being inserted into the ear as well as narrowing of the ear canal are just a few of the blockages that can occur resulting in a blockage. It can be the case that temporary loss of hearing will be present rather than permanent. It’s also not just the middle ear but also the outer ear that can be affected. It’s also important to note that children are prone to conductive because of the higher risk of ear infections.
Mixed Hearing Loss
For those who experience a mixture of both sensorineural and conductive have what is referred to as mixed loss of hearing.
Treating Hearing Loss
Untreated hearing loss can cause not only the lessened ability of hearing but also an increase in muscle tension as well as a variety of mental health issues. More commonly, it is linked with depression and social isolation. If mixed loss of hearing has occurred, the treatment that will be provided will coincide with which type has caused the most harm. For those who experienced sensorineural hearing loss, oftentimes, the treatment is hearing aids. However, if conductive hearing loss is present, then hearing aids may be accompanied by a surgical procedure to remove any obstruction. If sound waves are unable to reach the inner ear due to unsuccessful removal of the obstruction or if you are prone to chronic ear infections, then a bone-anchored hearing device will have to be utilized for hearing loss treatment.
While you’re hearing won’t be able to recover fully, there are some solutions that can help amplify sounds that you have had trouble hearing. Most commonly, hearing aids are used and come in various styles and sizes. The CIC type provides a non-visible solution that fits completely in the ear canal. While tiny in size, the batteries can provide a shorter longevity that can be time-consuming over a long period of time. These, however, are the least likely to pick up the sound of the wind. Meanwhile, there are options such as behind the ear and open fit that can provide a better means of quality of hearing for those who have more substantial loss of hearing. These, however, tend to be more visible in appearance. Along with the different types, the hearing aid technologies available to date are overall much more technologically savvy than in previous years. The available solutions range from range from having convenient rechargeable batteries to Bluetooth capabilities that help streamline the process of being able to answer your phone without any hassle.
Benefits of Treatment
There are a wide range of benefits when it comes to treating loss of hearing. Not only can it can help with communication effectiveness, but it can also boost one’s mood as well as make it easier to deal with everyday life in general.
It is important to seek treatment for hearing loss. While there is no cure, untreated hearing loss can have negative consequences. It is important to seek help as there are successful options available to help people lead rich and productive lives.