Hearing Overview



Category Hearing Health

Hearing loss is one of the biggest health problems in India and the third most common physical illness after gout and heart disease.

Top 5 Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  1. Having trouble following conversations with background noise.
  2. Missing part of the conversation.
  3. Feeling like others mumble when they speak.
  4. Turning the volume on the television up.
  5. Avoiding social gatherings

 

How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

To determine hearing loss, your audiologist will review your medical history, analyze your symptoms, physically examine your ears, and perform a hearing test using a series of hearing tests. A hearing exam may involve one or more of the following:

  • Pure Tone Testing
  • Bone Conductive Testing
  • Speech Testing
  • Typanometry
  • Acoustic Reflex Testing
  • Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
  • Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)

 

Types of Hearing Loss

There are three types of Hearing loss.

Sensor neural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss. It involves a problem with the inner ear. Sensor neural hearing loss is usually treated with hearing aids.

Conductive hearing loss occurs when there are problems in the outer ear, ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear. Conductive hearing loss is often correctable with surgery or medications (typically antibiotics). Alternatively, it may be treated with hearing aids.

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both types. Treatment might involve a combination of medication, surgery, and/or hearing aids. 

 

Benefits of Treating Hearing Loss

Individuals who seek treatment for their hearing loss see improvements in all aspects of their lives.


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