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SEVERE HEARING LOSS

Severe hearing loss means that a person can’t hear how others talking without the help of hearing aids.

There is no general remedy for adapting to a severe hearing loss. That is the reason why you should understand your hearing loss and know your alternatives.

There are three types of hearing loss: conducive, sensorineural and mixed hearing loss.

Conductive Hearing Loss. Conductive hearing loss happens when the external or middle ear can’t conduct sound to the internal ear. This might be the consequence of too much ear wax, fluid accumulation, or structural irregularities in the ear. Medical treatment or a surgical procedure might have the capacity to reestablish hearing again.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss. This refers to an issue with the inner ear or auditory nerve. Frequently, the hair cells in the inner ear that identify sound are anomalous or damaged. This sort of hearing loss is lasting. A portable hearing aid is the most common procedure to treat sensorineural hearing loss, yet there are an assortment of different gadgets that can also help make up for the loss.

Mixed hearing loss. This is a mix of the other types. There might be an issue in the external or middle ear and in the inner ear or auditory nerve. It can occur after head injuries, chronic infection, or because of a disorder that keeps running in your family.

 

Severe hearing loss may have the following symptoms:

  • Pain in one or both ears
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears or tinnitus
  • Pressure or fullness in one or both ears

DIAGNOSIS

It’s critical to diagnose severe hearing loss as soon as possible, particularly for kids. In some countries, laws require hospital staff to screen babies for hearing before they leave the hospital.

There are two types of newborn hearing tests:

Automated auditory brain response. Hospital staff will put headphones on your child’s ears and sensors on the head. A machine estimates the hearing nerve’s reaction to delicate snaps or tones.

Otoacoustic emissions. A small probe inside your child’s ear canal estimates the echo from soft noises played into the ears.

For adults, the following tests may be requested:

Pure tone audiometry. You will sit in a soundproof corner and wear earphones and a unique headband. The audiologist will play diverse pitches of sound and ask you what you can hear.

Speech audiometry. In the booth with earphones, you’ll hear distinctive words at various volumes and repeat them to the audiologist. The test estimates how softly and how unmistakably you can comprehend speech.

Transtympanic electrocochleography (ECOG). You’ll rest in the sound booth, and the audiologist will put a recording sensor in your ear. It quantifies the electric signals made by the nerves in your inner ear because of sound.

 

TREATMENT

Treatment for severe hearing loss for the most part implies utilizing diverse innovation to enhance the hearing you have. There’s no single treatment that is best for everyone with the condition. Your doctor will suggest one depending on how much hearing you’ve lost, how healthy you are, your way of life, and how your ears were damaged.

Your treatment choices may include:

  • Hearing aids
  • Middle ear implants
  • Cochlear implants

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