Treatment Of Hearing Loss
Untreated hearing loss can have a negative developmental, psychological, social, and health impact. It is always important to address the problem early on. Whether the hearing loss is temporary or reversible, treatment options usually depend on the cause of hearing loss. Always you consult your doctor about the best treatment options.
Treatment of reversible hearing loss
Reversible hearing loss can be successfully reversed if the cause is eliminated or treated.
- Hearing loss caused by Ototoxic medicines can improve after the medication is stopped.
- Ear infections can clear up on their own, or might need the use of antibiotics.
- Hearing loss resulting from injury to the head might heal on its own or might need surgery.
- Otosclerosis, acoustic neuroma, or Ménière's disease may require medicine or surgery.
- Doctors might recommend corticosteroid medicines for autoimmune problems.
- Problems resulting from excess earwax are treated by removing it. It may require using wax-softening ear drops. In some cases, the wax might also need to be removed by a doctor.
Managment of permanent hearing loss
In permanent hearing loss, such as age-related and noised-induced hearing loss, hearing devices can be used to improve how well the person hears and communicates.
Hearing aids amplify sound which improves communication; however they do not restore hearing. Research has shown that they are associated with improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with hearing loss.
- Implanted hearing devices, such as cochlear implants
Different implants options are available depending on the type of hearing problem. Newer implants may be contained within the ear, and do not need a device to be own outside.
- Assistive listening devices, alerting devices, and other communication aids
Many options are available to help facilitate communication including electronic media, telephone reception and more.
Coping With Hearing Loss
Whether hearing loss was gradual or sudden, coping can be challenging. The first step is to acknowledge its reality, and then takes the steps towards learning how to live with it.
- Avoid hiding your hearing loss. Make sure you tell friends and loved ones about your hearing loss so they are given the chance to support you.
- Educate others about hearing loss. (E.g. Tell others how best to talk to you).
- Encourage people to look directly at you when they speak, to make communication easier.
- Set the situation/environment to your advantage by avoiding background noise, and choosing a spot with good lightening.
- Concentrate on the speaker
- Look for visual clues.
- If you are going to a meeting, prepare ahead of time by reading the agenda. It will help you follow up.