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Hearing Loss Treatment Options

A few months ago, we wrote a blog that covered the basics of hearing loss. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss the viable treatment options that are available for this condition.

According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, 15 million people in the United States with hearing loss avoid seeking help.

In our previous blog, we covered the early warning signs as well as the common categories of hearing loss. Today we’re discussing the treatment options that are available for those suffering from it.

Hearing loss treatment all depends on the cause and the severity of your case.

Ear wax removal – In some cases, removal of ear wax can alleviate hearing loss. This can be done by your doctor, who will loosen your ear wax with oil and then flush, scoop or suction the area to remove the softened wax.

Surgery ­– If a traumatic ear injury or repeated ear infections are the source of your hearing loss, surgery could potentially be the solution. The surgery will likely involve the insertion of small tubes that help drain fluid from the ears.

Hearing aids – These devices are a very traditional means to provide relief from hearing loss. Hearing aids are used as a solution for people who have experienced damage to the inner ear. The hearing aid will help amplify sounds, making them stronger and easier to hear.

Cochlear implants – This treatment option is reserved for the more severe cases of hearing loss. While a hearing aid works to amplify and direct sound into your ear canal, cochlear implants help to compensate for the damaged or parts of the ear that are no longer functioning properly.

Schedule an appointment with your audiologist if you would like to learn more about what hearing loss treatment may work best for your situation.

Sources:

http://chchearing.org/facts-about-hearing-loss/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hearing-loss/basics/treatment/con-20027684

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