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Ask any child today if they could skip childhood and go straight to adulthood if they would. Nine times out of ten they will answer in the same manner. Skip childhood and streamline to adulthood. Funny thing is we neglect to acknowledge what happens to the body as it ages. The older we get, the harder our senses have to work. One of the primary senses that tends to deplete is our hearing. Hearing loss is a common issue that people complain about.
Contrary to popular belief, a loss of hearing, does not only affect older people; younger individuals can be plagued by the condition also. In the United States, nearly six million people deal with untreated hearing loss. There is no cure for the condition. Once sensorineural hearing loss is admonished, the damage is permanent. Hearing loss treatment options help make the condition manageable.
Understanding Hearing Loss
In order to understand this debilitating condition, it is imperative that you know the types of hearing related conditions that exist. Hearing related conditions can be grouped into three categories. There is sensorineural hearing loss, mixed loss of hearing and conductive hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common condition. This problem occurs when nerves located in the inner ear are unable to transmit sound signals properly. The condition is a result of the hair cells located in the ear withering away. This damage is a result of noise, age, and certain medications.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when there are obstructions in the middle and outer ear. These obstructions make sounds entering the ear distorted, faint, or a combination of the two.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Treating Hearing Related Conditions
When you begin to lose your hearing, the problem cannot be reversed. However, it can be managed in various ways. Hearing specialists treat untreated hearing loss issues in four different ways. They can remove built up wax, perform surgery, provide hearing aids, or perform a cochlear implant.
Ear wax removal is usually the first step to hearing loss treatment. Earwax can block the eardrum from properly emitting sounds. Doctors will remove the wax utilizing suction and a small looped tool. Typically, some type of saline or water solution will be used to soften the wax, if possible.
Surgery can be performed to help the ailment. Surgery will be requested if there are any abnormalities attributing to the loss of hearing. If fluid consistently builds up around the eardrum, preventing sounds from transmitting the way they are intended, small tubes may be inserted to drain the fluid from the area.
If the loss is due to damage to the inner ear, hearing aids may be employed. These aids will need to be fitted to the individual, and differ in style and strength. This is the most popular treatment option for this type of ailment.
Severe cases will require a cochlear implant. Unlike hearing aids, cochlear implants bypass damaged parts of the ear that could be contributing the issue. It directly stimulates the nerves associated with hearing.
Technology has helped shape the way that untreated hearing loss is managed. Assisting devices have been invented to make the task of living with the condition manageable. Currently, there are various signaling and testing display devices. Various assisting devices are utilized to enhance sounds and make sounds audible.
Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss
Even though it sounds redundant, we must reiterate that hearing loss treatment options exist, but there are no cures for the condition. Leaving the problem untreated can have social, economic, and emotional impacts on an individual’s livelihood. Seeking treatment will eliminate these issues. Properly treating the condition will make living with the disorder manageable. It enables individuals to live happy and productive lives, despite their disability.
Once you begin to notice that your hearing is not as sharp as it once was, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. You cannot cure the condition, but getting treatment can enable an individual to still live a productive life. It is unfortunate that the damage we cause to our hearing cannot be reversed, but with today’s technology the problem can be managed.
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