Hearing Loss Treatment in Kondapur, Hyderabad
With age and exposure to loud noise for a very long time, the wear and tear in our ears get faster. Earwax accumulation also causes temporary hearing loss. Doctors treat hearing loss with medications and hearing aids mostly.
What is hearing loss?
The outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear make up the entire ear. Damage to these structures creates a problem in transmitting the sound waves from the ears to the brain. If any of these get damaged, the person will experience hearing loss.
What are the symptoms of hearing loss?
- Muffling up of words while talking
- Not understanding what the opposite person speaks if there is noise around
- Can't hear and understand consonants
- Asking others frequently to slow down while speaking. Also, asking others if they can speak loudly and clearly.
- Needing to watch television or videos on the phone on high volume
- Responding late when someone calls them from a distance
- Withdrawing from conversations
When to see a doctor?
- When you're facing the symptoms of hearing loss.
- When exposure to loud noise is making you feel a tingling ringing sensation in the ears for a long time
- When you are experiencing recurring ear infections
- If you feel dizzy and lose balance while walking
Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Kondapur
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What Causes Hearing Loss?
- When there is damage to the inner ear because of ageing or exposure to loud sound, the signals don't get transmitted easily, causing hearing loss.
- If you do not clear your earwax, they get accumulated in your ear. This build-up blocks the ear canal, preventing the sound waves from travelling smoothly.
- An abnormal growth of bones or tumour or ear infections in the outer ear and middle ear can cause hearing loss.
- Rupturing of the eardrum known as tympanic membrane perforation can cause hearing loss. This rupturing occurs because of sudden loud blasts of high decibel sound, poking your eardrum with a sharp object, change in pressure, or ear infection.
What are the risk factors that aid Hearing Loss?
- The inner structure of the ear wears off over time because of ageing.
- Exposure to loud sounds for a long time can damage the cells in the ear. Even sudden and short blasts of noise can lead to damage to the ear structures.
- Your occupation can be a risk factor if you work in an environment with loud noise around all the time. Workplaces prone to loud noise include working at construction sites or farms.
- If you take part in recreational activities involving loud noise, it can cause ear damage. Activities like motorcycling, snowmobiling, carpentry, or noise from jet engines, firecrackers, and firearms can damage the ear immediately and permanently.
- Diseases like meningitis which causes high fever, can also damage the ear.
- Some drugs like Viagra, chemotherapy drugs also damage the inner ear. High doses of aspirin and painkillers can also cause ringing in the ear.
What are the complications associated with Hearing Loss?
- It can affect the quality of life as you might not be able to hear most words.
- Most aged people with hearing loss report symptoms of depression.
- These aged people also feel alone and isolated as they cannot indulge in conversations.
- Hearing loss and cognitive impairment and its decline are connected.
- Experiencing memory loss as what the opposite person speaks is not registered.
What is the treatment for hearing loss?
- Clear the wax build-up that is creating a blockage. Your doctor at Apollo Kondapur will clean it using a small suction tube.
- Surgical procedure of inserting a drain to stop fluid accumulation is helpful.
- Surgical procedures to treat abnormalities in the eardrums and bones of hearing are beneficial to many.
- You can get a hearing aid if there is damage to your inner ear. An audiologist will fit the device in your ears.
- If you experience severe hearing loss, your doctor will recommend you to get cochlear implants.
Seek help from your friends and family by letting them know you have hearing loss. Ask them to speak slowly and loudly. Avoid going to environments with loud noise. Use assisting hearing devices and follow the instructions of your doctor.
The three major types of hearing loss are as follows:
- Sensorineural linked to the inner ear.
- Conductivity related to the outer and middle ear.
- Mixed involving a combination of both.
- Use glycerine-filled earmuffs or earplugs to protect your ears in noisy environments.
- Undergo regular hearing check-ups if you are exposed to loud noise daily.
- Avoid the recreational risks that can cause immediate and permanent ear damage.
- When exposure to loud noise causes hearing loss, consuming magnesium, vitamin A, C, and E over a long period will help.
- If hearing loss occurs due to age, include folic acid in your diet.