Is My Hearing Loss Permanent?
Written By: Emma Squillace
Many of us will experience a decline in hearing ability as we get older. Although this can be very frustrating, it is also a normal part of the aging process. However, if you are having hearing issues, there is no reason to assume you can’t get treatment. There are plenty of causes of hearing loss that can be treated by a medical expert. Hearing loss is temporary in many cases, so it’s important to get your hearing problems evaluated by a professional. At West Medical, we see many patients who are having problems with their hearing, and we are able to offer treatment options to a significant number of these people. First, we’ll work with you to discover the causing of your hearing issues, and then we can recommend a treatment. Here are several reasons we see people who are struggling with hearing issues:
Earwax can interfere with your hearing
Did you know that earwax can actually affect your hearing? This is one of the most common problems that ear doctors see. It may seem as though cleaning out your ears with a Q-tip is helpful, especially since you’ll see that you’ve removed some wax. The problem with Q-tips is even though you’ve removed some superficial wax, this often results in other wax getting pushed deeper into your ear. This then results in impaction. The impacted ear wax blocks the ear canal to the point that your hearing can be affected.
In addition to earwax causing hearing problems, it may also cause dizziness and ringing in your ears. You may have a feeling of fullness in your ears, which can cause pain. If you’re having these symptoms, it’s best to be evaluated by a doctor. Although it may seem like earwax should not be able to cause damage, if the wax is impacted for too long or at too intense a level, this can lead to complications including a middle ear infection, perforation of the ear drum, swimmer’s ear, and even permanent hearing loss. It’s also possible you have a blockage from something other than ear wax.
Allergies may be to blame
You know that allergies can cause sneezing, watery eyes and a runny nose, but allergies can also cause hearing problems. This is because the mucous production that affects your eyes and nose also affects your ears. When you suffer from allergies, excess fluid can build up in your middle ear and this sometimes leads to feelings of dizziness. You can also have ear aches and uncomfortable ear pressure because of this fluid. In the same way that earwax can block sound waves from reaching your inner ear, fluid build-up from allergies can cause the same problem. We offer many types of allergy treatments that can help restore hearing.
Hearing aids & implants are available
If your hearing issues are caused by earwax or allergies, we can likely treat the underlying cause. In the case of earwax or another type of blockages, there are ways we can clear your ear canal. If allergies are the cause of your hearing problems, we have a range of allergy treatments available for you. However, in some cases, hearing loss cannot be treated by managing the cause. In these cases, you may benefit from hearing aids or cochlear implants. A hearing aid helps by amplifying sounds, making them easier to hear. A cochlear implant is for more profound hearing loss and compensates for parts of the ear that may not be functioning.
At West Medical, we treat hearing loss with a range of options. If you are having trouble hearing as well as you’d like, or have dizziness associated with pressure in your ears, contact us. Whether your hearing issues are from a blockage, allergies, or a more permanent cause, we are happy to speak with you about your options. The hearing issues you’re dealing with are not necessarily permanent and may respond well to treatment. If you’d like to come in and talk to us more about any issues with your hearing, give us a call today at (855) 690-0565.