July 4, 2019
Hearing loss can have a profound impact on an individual’s life and well-being. We invite interested parties, as well as prospective customers, to read this short piece discussing the conditions associated with hearing loss symptoms and treatment options.
How Can Hearing Loss Occur?
Diminished hearing capacity can be the result of numerous health issues. One of the more common precipitating factors is aging. Medically classified as presbycusis, this condition typically occurs in individuals between the ages of 65 and 74. Presbycusis is often attributed to years of noise exposure and a greater susceptibility to structural deficiencies within the ears.
That said, there are many health maladies that possess the potential to adversely impact a person’s hearing. Specific precipitating factors include the contraction of certain viruses earlier in life such as chicken pox, other diseases often contracted during childhood like the mumps, sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, sickle cell disease, meningitis, hormonal imbalance-inducing conditions such as hypothyroidism and diabetes, arthritis, certain kinds of cancer and varying degrees of ear damage. Additionally, loss of hearing may be precipitated by exposure to excessive loud noises and the ingestion of specific medications.
Hearing Loss Symptoms And Treatment
There are three different forms of diminished hearing. The conductive form impacts the outer and middle ear. The sensorineural affects the inner portion of the ear. In certain instances, however, individuals might experience the mixed categorization, which is a combination of the first two.
The physical manifestations people witness could depend upon the specific classification. However, all forms of diminished hearing will often elicit a certain number of common symptoms that can include trouble understanding words (especially in crowded or especially noisy locations), the inability to hear electronic devices like radios or televisions at normal volumes, asking others to repeat their words or talk at a more deliberate pace and the eventual avoidance of social settings.
Specific treatment protocols will often depend upon the exact hearing deficiency classification, said deficiency’s severity, as well as the underlying medical cause. That said, common treatment options include ear wax removal, surgical procedures, the use of hearing aids or the implementation cochlear implants.
When Should I See My Doctor?
Immediate medical assistance should be sought if an individual suddenly experiences the inability to hear out of one or both ears. However, one might consider a medical evaluation for hearing deficiencies if they are elderly, notice that hearing-related symptoms began following a specific illness, or if their circumstances present significant social or professional problems.
Those with questions about hearing problems are encouraged to contact Beltone South at (888) 906-5246. Our hearing care team can address your concerns and may be able to help provide specific solutions to given issues.