West Medical is a full service provider of hearing services, including treatment for ear pain, hearing loss, balance disorders, and other problems relating to ear function. Conditions that impair ear function are an integral part of otolaryngology. At West Medical, we're dedicated to guiding you through the entirety of the treatment process.
Hearing is a very complex process that consists of sound vibrations being collected and interpreted through delicate structures of the inner, middle and outer ear, as well as the brain and nervous system.
Types of hearing loss
There are three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed.
Sensorineural hearing loss is also known as nerve-related hearing loss. This type of hearing loss stems from inner ear problems. It may be caused by repetitive exposure to loud noise, head trauma, a virus, tumor, or simply aging.
Conductive hearing loss is caused by problems of the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and the ear’s little bones: the malleus, incus, and stapes. These three bones are also called the hammer, anvil, and stirrup, respectively. Conductive hearing loss can be caused by fluid in the middle ear, congenital abnormalities, an infection, allergies, a perforated eardrum, a tumor, earwax buildup, or a foreign body in the ear.
The third type of hearing loss is called mixed hearing loss. It is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Treatment
Once a hearing loss diagnosis is made, treatment can be determined depending on the severity of the problem.
Treatment options may include:
Removal of excess earwax: Cerumen, or earwax, impaction is the most common, reversible cause of partial hearing loss, and the easiest to treat. An ENT physician may prescribe eardrops to soften the wax, or the earwax may be flushed, scooped, or vacuumed out.
Hearing aids: Patients with inner ear damage may be able to benefit from hearing aids which make sounds stronger and easier to hear. Several different hearing aid devices are available and can be fitted and dispensed by an audiologist. Hearing aids vary depending on the patient’s type of hearing loss and their ear anatomy.
Cochlear implants: Patients with severe or profound hearing loss may benefit from a cochlear implant, which is different from a hearing aid in that it compensates for non-functioning parts of the inner ear, rather than simply amplifying sound. Usually hearing aids provide no benefit for patients who consider a cochlear implant. A West Medical ENT doctor can help you decide if you stand to benefit from a cochlear implant.
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Treatment for hearing disorders starts with careful and thorough diagnosis. Our expert team can guide you through the process of understanding your hearing loss, and the relevant treatment choices. You can learn more about treatments for hearing loss here, or call us at (855) 690-0565 for a consultation.
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