Hearing Loss Treatments
Hearing loss treatments usually depend on the type of hearing loss. Unfortunately, not all hearing loss is reversible. However, even permanent hearing loss can be treated with hearing aids or assistive listening devices.
Treatments for temporary or reversible hearing loss can vary, depending on the cause:
- Diseases, including otosclerosis and Meniere’s disease, can cause hearing loss which may be treated with medicine and/or surgery.
- Tumors, including acoustic neuromas, that cause hearing loss can be surgically removed.
- Medications – Ototoxic medications that cause hearing loss include aminoglycoside antibiotics, aspirin in large quantities, loop diuretics and some chemotherapy drugs.
- Exposure to loud noise, even if only briefly, can cause temporary hearing loss. Extended exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing damage. Treatment includes removing the source of the sound, or removing the person from the sound source. If neither is possible, then hearing protection should be used. In any case, your hearing cells need time away from the loud sound before they can start to heal themselves.
- Trauma to the head or ear can cause temporary or permanent hearing damage, including tinnitus. Treatment may require surgery or hearing levels may return to normal over time.
- Earwax can build up to the point that it affects your hearing. Safe removal of the earwax will correct the problem. Using cotton swabs to remove earwax can result in pushing the earwax further into the ear, which can make it more difficult to remove the wax.
- Infections including middle ear infection, that cause temporary hearing loss will clear up either on their own or with the help of antibiotics.
Treatments For Permanent Hearing Loss
Hearing loss treatments for permanent hearing damage do not restore lost hearing, but generally amplify sound to a point where the sufferer can hear well enough to function and communicate properly.
- Hearing aids, including implanted hearing devices, generally receive sound that normally enters the ear and amplifies it before it reaches your hearing cells.
- Assistive listening devices, which include amplified telephones and personal portable amplifiers, will amplify sound with or without the use of a hearing aid.
Determining The Hearing Loss Treatment That’s Right For You
Before deciding which hearing loss treatment you should use, you must consult a professional for advice.
The hearing instrument specialists at Bravo Hearing Centre can help you learn a lot more about hearing loss treatments, including ways to protect your hearing and prevent further damage