Hearing loss is a condition that doctors have declared to be treatable but it cannot be cured. This is because some many causes and types make it complicated to cure the condition. However, seeking treatment as soon as you discover symptoms of this increases the chances of responding better to treatment. A genetic disorder is making it more complicated because it involves the genetic composition. Finding a cure is challenging, especially if it is caused by ageing as the ear’s anatomy changes as one grows older. These changes are a great challenge to scientists because there is a different treatment according to age. If the hearing loss is caused by an abnormal growth, this may be rectified with surgery followed by medication. Hearing nerves can lead to this condition, making it impossible to cure as these nerves do not regrow after damage. If a person is born with congenital hearing loss, they have to live with it, unlike other losses.
Types of hearing loss
Conductive hearing loss common among young children but can be treated medically either through surgery or use of antibiotics. Conductive hearing loss has several causes such as fluid buildup especially in the case of an infection caused by a cold. This fluid buildup causes pressure in the Eustachian tubes responsible for draining secretions. These infections should be treated as soon as possible to prevent the condition from becoming chronic. Perforated eardrums caused by inserting sharp objects can also lead to this type of loss. Wax buildup can cause blockage, but this is corrected by making sure that you clean yours often, but sharp objects are not advised.
This type of loss occurs when sound is not conducted normally starting from the eardrum via the middle ear where the ossicles are found to the inner ear. This may be caused by a blockage or damage in the outer ear or inner ear.
Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by the destruction of the hair cells or the hearing nerves found in the cochlear. The hair cells do not have to be damaged to cause this condition, but malfunction can also lead to it. This loss has been known to be common than other types of losses of the hearing ability. There are people who are diagnosed with both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. However, the former is permanent while the latter is temporary.
Auditory neuropathy can be caused by several reasons such neurological conditions, jaundice or oxygen deficiency during birth. It affects the auditory nerves that are responsible for ensuring that signals are passed from the cochlea to the brain. This leads to difficulties in understanding speech when you are in a place that has background noise.
Hearing loss treatment is different according to the condition. If the loss is caused by ear infections, it is treated by use of antibiotics. These antibiotics clear up the infection that is often brought by colds.
Commonly, however, hearing loss is treated by hearing aids. In some cases, hearing loss can be treated by surgery. These surgeries remove abnormal growths or benign tumors that may grow in different parts of the ear. Untreated hearing loss may lead to the loss condition being permanent. This occurs when someone notices the various symptoms but they do not seek medication. Doctors have handled many cases of untreated hearing loss that would have been solved if the patients sought help earlier.
Types of hearing aids
A hearing aid is an electronic device that is battery powered to make the sound louder for people with hearing problems. It is put behind the ear or even inside the ear since it is small enough to fit perfectly. They have amplifiers that enhance the volume of the sound around. The microphones inside these aids are able to pick sound from the surroundings. The receiver then passes the sounds that have been amplified to the ear.
Digital hearing aids cost more than analog aids but are more efficient. They are made in a way that you can adjust the sound according to the environment you are in. These adjustments are flexible from loud places to quite places. They work by converting sound waves to computer codes that are then adjusted into volumes and sounds. Analog aids are larger and cheaper compared to digital aids. They work simply by converting sound waves into signals.
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