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By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery - Highland
May 02, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing loss, while it most often occurs in those over 65, can be a scary and frustrating process at any age. However, thanks to medical hearing lossdevices like hearing aids and cochlear implants, you do not have to live with this treatable condition. Learn more about hearing loss with help from your Schererville, IN ear, nose and throat doctor.

How does hearing loss occur? 
The ear has three main parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The outer ear picks up outside sounds and causes the eardrum in the middle ear to vibrate. The vibration affects the tiny bones inside the ear, which help to move the sound through to the inner ear. Finally, the vibrations reach the cochlea, which passes along the sound to the hearing nerve and, finally, your brain.

The ear is incredibly complex, and hearing loss occurs for various reasons. They include:

  • prolonged exposure to loud noises (machinery, etc.)
  • fluid in the ear
  • getting older (the chance of hearing loss increases with age)
  • infections which cause damage to hearing such as meningitis
  • injury to the ear or head
  • listening to loud music through headphones or earbuds

How is hearing loss diagnosed? 
If you feel you are suffering from hearing loss, your Schererville doctor may require a hearing test. This allows he or she to understand the severity of your hearing loss and helps in determining a treatment plan. Coupled with a physical exam of your ear and, in some cases, other types of tests, your doctor can determine the type of hearing loss you are experiencing and its severity.

How is hearing loss treated? 
If necessary, your doctor removes any wax buildup, which can cause hearing loss, in your ear. If your hearing loss comes from injury, surgery may be required to repair the broken parts of the ear. When the inner ear is damaged, hearing aides may benefit you most. In the most severe cases of hearing loss, cochlear implant bypasses the broken parts of your ear to send sound signals to your brain.

For more information on hearing loss, please contact your doctor at the Center For Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery in Schererville, IN. Call (219) 865-4368 to schedule your appointment for a hearing test today!

By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery
April 23, 2015
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing LossAny amount of hearing loss is concerning and should be examined by an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) as soon as possible. Learn more about what to do if you're experiencing hearing loss as well as the possible causes and treatments available at the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland.

About Hearing Loss
It's estimated that 20 million American adults report some type of hearing loss. About a third of people aged 65 and older experience hearing loss. It is a condition that can happen progressively over time, because of general aging, or suddenly due to some sort of trauma, like an injury to the head. There are four different levels that doctors diagnose: mild, moderate, severe and profound hearing loss (total deafness). 

The two top causes of hearing loss in adults are exposure to loud noises and the natural process of aging. If you live in a very noisy city location, like to listen to music very loud on your headphones, or stand too close to a loud speaker, you could be at risk of some level of hearing loss. People who serve in the military and are exposed to gunfire or explosions are also more prone to hearing problems. As for aging, the inner ear tissue breaks down over time, causing mild to severe loss of hearing. Consult your Highland ear nose and throat doctor to narrow down what may be the cause of your condition.

Though some forms of hearing loss are permanent and can’t be reversed, some cases can be treated. If the problem is due to an infection in the ear, it may be resolved by clearing it and taking antibiotics. In other cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary remove or add tissue. Hearing aid devices may be prescribed to improve your ability to hear.

Visit Your ENT ASAP
If you're experiencing a loss of hearing in one or both ears, visit an ear nose and throat doctor as soon as possible to have it checked. Call to schedule an urgent visit with an ENT at the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland.

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