Loss of Hearing and Treatment
Hearing loss can present itself in various ways. The severity of symptoms also depend on how severe the condition is. While there are various forms of hearing loss, the symptoms are usually similar.
How Does Hearing Loss Occur?
There are various reasons to how a person can lose their hearing. From the natural aging process to a traumatic injury, some of the most commons reasons include:
- Damaged inner ear – Having too much exposure to loud noises can cause wear and tear to the nerve cells or hairs within the cochlea. If one of these is damaged, then the signals won’t be transmitted properly, which causes a person to lose their hearing.
- A buildup of wax – If earwax is left to accumulate, it can cause a buildup. This buildup will end up blocking the ear canal, which causes the ear to not pick up sound waves.
- Unusual bone growths, ear infections or tumors – Any of these three conditions can cause someone to lose their hearing in the middle or outer ear, which requires hearing care.
- Age – As we get older, the structures of our inner ear will begin to deteriorate.
Symptoms and Treatments
The amount of symptoms that come with hearing loss almost rivals the number of causes.
Below is a list of symptoms that can occur if you are losing your hearing:
- Having a hard time understanding others over the phone
- Constantly asking people to reiterate what they’re saying
- Distancing yourself from social gatherings
- Perceiving others as mumbling
- Tinnitus, or more commonly known as ringing within the ears
Now that you are familiar with some of the symptoms, it’s time to get into the treatment options such as:
- Surgical operations
- Hearing aids
- Ear wax removal
- Cochlear implants
Keep in mind that surgery is only necessary in certain circumstances.
When should I see my doctor?
Naturally, if you suspect that you are losing your hearing, the first step is seeing a hearing specialist. If positivity diagnosed, most people elect to restore hearing through the use of a hearing aid.
Losing your hearing can be stressful. If you experience any hear loss symptoms above, contact Beltone Audiology today to schedule an appointment. We understand and are here to help with your hearing care needs.