Hearing loss is when the ability of hearing is reduced making it more difficult to hear speech or sounds. The most common causes of hearing loss are noise and agingand, in most cases, hearing loss cannot be cured. This condition is typically treated with hearing aids.
Age Related Hearing Loss
Age related hearing loss gradually occurs as one ages. It most commonly arises from changes in the inner ear as we age, but it can also result from changes in the middle ear or the complex changes along the nerve pathways from the ear to the brain.
Inherited Hearing Loss
Sometimes, hearing loss can be genetic. They are hereditary and caused by gene mutations, often making them predisposed to hearing loss due to aging or induced by noise, drugs or infections.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Signs or symptoms of hearing loss are as follows:
Types of Hearing Loss
Your hearing loss can be defined as one of three types
A hearing loss treatment usually involve consultation with a hearing care specialist or audiologist who can address the specific cause for the hearing issues. In case the medical treatment does not clear up the hearing loss, the healthcare professional will investigate other options such as hearing aids, surgical implantation of a bone-anchored hearing system or cochlear implant.
Tinnitus is the persistent ringing or buzzing in the ears which is subjective, meaning only the person suffering from it can hear it and others can’t.
Causes of Tinnitus
Following factors may contribute to tinnitus
The first step is to contact the hearing care professional who will run you through some tests to identify tinnitus. Your doctor may recommend you to see an audiologist who specializes in managing tinnitus. Once tinnitus is identified, the healthcare professional’s next step would be to determine the best treatment. A series of tests may be run to determine the treatment according to your needs. Examples include