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Millions of people around the world suffer from hearing loss, whether it is from deafness at birth, old age or a non-natural occurrence. Although there have been numerous strives in research, there is no cure for this condition. However, there are also improvements that can be implemented to lead a high-quality standard of life. Read on to learn more about the process for treating hearing loss.
Seeking Professional Care
Before a solution can be implemented, one must understand what type of hearing loss they have. The three types of hearing loss are conductive hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss or mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear and accounts for the majority of cases. Conductive hearing loss is when sound cannot travel through the outer or inner ear, soft sounds tend to be difficult or impossible to hear while louder sounds have a tendency to be muffled. Mixed as its name implies, is a combination of sensorineural and conductive. Sensorineural hearing loss is primarily noise-induced whether it’s from explosions, consistent exposure from a live band or even riding on a motorcycle to name a few. All of these things have high frequencies of decibels which inevitably lead to ear damage. Conductive hearing loss on the other hand often have medical causes such as ear blockage due to fluid or earwax buildup. This condition can easily be treated with surgery or a simple medical procedure depending on the level of urgency.
Hearing Loss Treatment
There are many methods for hearing loss treatment which of course vary on the severity of the aforementioned ear condition. The first and most important step is the acknowledgement of an issue. More times than not, many people have untreated hearing loss albeit for a variety of a reasons including financial concerns. Contrary to common belief, many hearing tests are in fact inexpensive or even free depending on the location of the testing center and whether or not one has insurance.
At Beverly Hills Hearing Center, we provide comprehensive hearing health services. It is highly recommended to have a medical professional conduct a hearing test, and if you’re curious, there are also minor hearing tests online. After undergoing a hearing test and receiving the results, one can look among the options for hearing loss treatment. The most common form of treatment is the prescription of hearing aids. Here, we take a look at the different treatments available.
One such treatment is a stapedectomy, a type of ear surgery used to treat otosclerosis. Otosclerosis is a condition where the stapes, a bone in the inner ear does not move properly and in turn makes hearing difficult. This of course would may not be effective in the case of noise induced hearing impairment due to there often being nerve damage in this case. Instead, hearing aids would be the alternative option.
There are multiple types of hearing solutions, some of which require surgery such as cochlear implants. Cochlear implants are a device that are surgically implanted into the ear and allows the user to pick up on vibrations that are sent through the auditory nerve as the brain perceives it as sound. Hearing aids on the other hand, picks up on certain sounds excluding noise ambiance and amplifies the sound in order for it to be audible. With these options available, there is no reason to persist with untreated hearing loss.
Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
Benefits include the increase of job opportunities as many occupations require hearing ability. Aside from the inability to hear, there are also the under-discussed issue of aches in addition to the irritation of ringing ears. Hearing aids reduce the frequency of ear ringing in addition to other auditory nuisances. Many hearing-impaired patients have also confirmed the immediate jump in quality of life, as it re-opens doors of opportunity that were previously closed to them. It is key to figure out which device is right for the user as some do not require surgery and are as removable as a pair of earbuds! The two main types are rechargeable and disposable, one could theoretically try both if possible and determine from there.
Hearing loss treatment is essential and it is imperative that everyone receives a yearly hearing test in order to track and upkeep their hearing ability, something that’s often taken for granted. While there is no cure for hearing impairment, there are many successful treatments that allow people to continue leading high-quality lives.
Beverly Hills Hearing Center
If you’ve noticed changes in your hearing and are struggling with communication, contact us today. We provide comprehensive hearing health services and we’re here to help!