Hearing loss has a lot of different causes and manifestations. It can be sudden or gradual. It can occur in one ear or both ears. It can be temporary or permanent. It happens to people of all ages and is associated with the aging process. Before discussing causes and treatments for hearing loss, it is important to understand how hearing works.
Hearing loss occurs when sound is blocked in any of the three areas of the ear. The most common cause of hearing loss — and one of the most preventable — is exposure to loud noises. Infections, both of the ear or elsewhere in the body, are also a major contributor to hearing loss.
Most causes of outer ear hearing loss can be remedied. But problems of the middle and inner ear can lead to permanent hearing loss, which is why it is important to seek medical attention quickly if you are experiencing a problem hearing.
There have also been confirmed connections between hearing loss and alzheimer's disease. Researchers suggest that the two disorders might share a common pathology.
Hearing loss is measured in four degrees: mild, moderate, severe, or profound. The degree of hearing loss drives the selection of the best form of treatment on a case-by-case basis.
The location, type, and degree of hearing loss impact the choice of treatments for any hearing problem. The most common treatment options include:
If you experience a sudden or prolonged hearing loss with dizziness, fever, or pain, please contact our office right away and schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists. We'll conduct a physical examination as well as a hearing test to determine the type and severity of your hearing loss. We'll then recommend the best treatment.
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