Hearing loss can occur at any age and for a variety of reasons. A better awareness and understanding of how the sounds around you affect your hearing can help you prevent hearing loss and maintain healthy ear function.
To get an idea of the decibel levels of commonly occurring sounds around you check out our interactive Loudness Scale
Tests to diagnose hearing loss may include:
Each tone is repeated at faint levels to find out when you can barely hear. The audiologist will also present various words to determine your hearing ability.
Treatment depends of the type and degree of hearing loss. In some cases it may be as easy as removing ear wax blocking the ear canal, or treating an infection. Most other cases can be effectively treated with hearing aids that amplify sound. Your physician and audiologist will let you know if this is the case
In some cases of hearing loss there may be a problem with the middle ear or eardrum. A variety of surgical options may be offered in these cases. Repair of a hole in the eardrum or connecting broken hearing bones are examples of such surgeries.
In cases of far advanced hearing loss, hearing aids may no longer work. A cochlear implant may help in such cases. A cochlear implant is a surgically placed device placed in the cochlea that sends the auditory signal directly to the hearing nerve that supplies the brain with hearing information. HYPERLINK TO COCHLEAR IMPLANT