Hearing Loss Solutions
Types of conductive hearing loss can be congenital (since birth) such as absence of ear canal or failure of the ear canal to open, another malformation, or dysfunction of the middle ear structures. These can be surgically corrected.
Alternatively, they may be improved by amplification with a bone conduction hearing aid, a surgically implanted device, or a conventional hearing aid, depending on the status of the nerves. Other causes of conductive hearing loss are infection, tumors, middle ear fluid, foreign body, and trauma. Infections are usually treated with antibiotic or antifungal medications. Chronic ear infections, chronic middle fluid, and tumors usually require surgery (as for pressure equalizing tubes).
- Sensorineural hearing loss can result from exposure to excessively loud noise. This may respond to therapy to reduce swelling and inflammation and improve healing of the inner ear structures. This type can also occur from head trauma or abrupt changes in air pressure (ie. from airplane descent), or even have a viral origin. Treatment would depend on the severity of the situation but can include surgery or medical treatment with corticosteroids.
- Bilateral progressive hearing loss is managed medically with long-term corticosteroids or with drug therapy. Autoimmune inner ear disease is when the body’s immune system misdirects its defenses against the inner ear structures and causes damage to them.
- Fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss is thought to be associated with Meniere’s Disease. Symptoms of Meniere’s disease are hearing loss, tinnitus (or ringing in the ears), and vertigo. This condition may be treated with a low-sodium diet, diuretics, and corticosteroids. Various surgical procedures can be used alternatively to eliminate the vertigo you might be experiencing.
Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss, the most common form, can be managed with hearing aids. We offer you all the steps throughout this process. When you decide to purchase a hearing aid here, we will give you all the necessary counseling and evaluation—provide a testing/trial period, help you schedule your consultation and general maintenance appointments, and with your purchase, our office will supply the hearing aid batteries. If hearing aids are not enough, this type of hearing loss can be surgically treated using cochlear implants.