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can hearing loss be restored

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if u lose your hearing, can it be restored?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Deborah replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

It depends on the cause of the hearing loss. Make an appointment with an otologist (ear specialist) for an evaluation to include audiometric testing.

Hearing loss is usually defined as being either conductive or sensory hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is caused by damage to the external or middle ear. Sound vibrations are unable to pass down the auditory canal, across the tympanic membrane, and through the ossicles. Sensory hearing loss occurs in the inner ear and the auditory nerve. Sound waves may reach the inner ear, but they are not transmitted successfully to the brain.

Conductive hearing loss can almost always be restored to some degree, if not completely. Some effective treatments include the following:

  • Matter blocking the auditory canal can usually be removed easily.
  • Middle ear infections can be treated with antibiotics. If necessary, the middle ear can be drained through the tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane normally heals quickly after this surgery.
  • Damaged tympanic membranes can usually be repaired with a small skin graft.
  • Otosclerosis can be repaired surgically. Artificial parts can be substituted for the original ossicles.

Sensory hearing loss presents more serious problems. It often cannot be cured. Fortunately, hearing aids can help restore some of the hearing loss. Hearing aids can be dispensed only with a physician's prescription. They can make hearing at least ten times better.

Some patients are candidates for cochlear implants or BAHA device

Click on the underlined links to learn more. Let me know what questions you may have.

Types Of Hearing Loss

Oticon Hearing Device

Phonak Hearing Systems

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