While more than 35 million Americans experience hearing loss, many of them never seek treatment for it. Among those who do, most wait seven years before getting professional assistance even though hearing issues impact all personal, social, and professional aspects of their lives. Fortunately, help is available for most people with this problem.
Causes of Hearing Loss
Muffled speech and difficulty understanding words have been linked to two main types of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is the result of problems with the ear canal, the ear drum, the middle ear, or three small bones. When the loss links to problems with the inner ear, it’s called sensorineural. However, some patients who seek hearing loss treatment in Plantation, FL have experienced hearing loss from multiple causes. Healthcare professionals refer to this as mixed hearing loss.
As many as 50 percent of Americans older than 65 suffer from hearing loss. Other common causes include:
- Loud noise exposure
- Buildup of ear wax
- Tympanic membrane perforation (ruptured eardrum)
- Medications such as gentamicin and high doses of loop diuretics, antimalarial drugs, aspirin, or other pain relievers
- Illnesses like meningitis that result in high fevers
Treating Hearing Loss
Getting treatment can dramatically improve a patient’s qualify of life. The right treatment for hearing loss depends on its cause and its severity. The most common options include:
- Hearing aids to amplify sounds when inner ear damage is the culprit
- Removing any wax blockage
- Assistive listening devices like Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone service
- Learning to always face the individual speaking
- Surgery to repair damage from an injury or to insert tubes to help ears drain from repeated infections
- Cochlear implants for some patients with very severe hearing loss
Seeing a doctor for hearing loss in Plantation FL is the first step to a better outcome. Dr. Camysha Wright is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. She offers treatment for all problems that affect the ears, nose, and throat. Call 954-368-8519 to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward better hearing.