Valley Healthcare

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, about 20 percent of adults in the United States, (48 million) report some degree of hearing loss and an estimated 30 school children per 1,000 have a hearing loss that is undetected.

It’s frustrating to be unable to hear well enough to enjoy talking with friends or family. Hearing disorders make it hard, but not impossible, to hear. They can often be helped. What causes hearing loss? Some possibilities include:

  • Heredity
  • Diseases such as ear infections and meningitis
  • Trauma
  • Certain medicines
  • Long-term exposure to loud noise
  • Aging

There are two main types of hearing loss. One happens when your inner ear or auditory nerve is damaged. This type is usually permanent. The other kind happens when sound waves cannot reach your inner ear.  Earwax build-up, fluid, or a punctured eardrum can cause it.  Treatment or surgery can often reverse this kind of hearing loss. [1]

Untreated, hearing problems can get worse. If you have trouble hearing, you can get help. Possible treatments include hearing aidscochlear implants, special training, certain medicines, and surgery.

Ototoxic Drugs

These are medications that are toxic to the ears and can cause hearing loss, sometimes accompanied by tinnitus. We may have some options; however, about the medications we take. It is always a good idea to ask a physician if a hearing loss is one of the possible side-effects. If it is, and there is a substitute medication that would work just as well, then that would be the one to take. [2]

Unlike the situation years ago, nowadays just about everyone with any type or degree of hearing loss can be helped with some kind of hearing assistive technology – whether it be hearing aidscochlear implants, other implantable devicesassistive listening devices, or captioning. [2]

If you are told there is nothing you can do and you should just learn to live with the hearing loss, call Valley Healthcare and talk to one of our qualified physicians who will take the time to listen to your concerns and help you decide on the best treatments.  [3]

[1]Hearingloss.org

[2]Mayoclinic.org

[3]nlm.nih.gov