Causes and Treatments for Hearing Loss

Our ears play an important role in our everyday lives. As time passes, our hearing ability decreases because of many causes.

Hearing is a process of sound. Your ear is divided into three parts: first is the outer ear where you pick up sounds, sending it to the middle ear, where the eardrum starts to vibrate, moving the bones and helping the sound travel into the inner ear, where the sound processing starts. However, if something wrong happens in one of these processes, that’s when you experience hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss may be caused by fluids that stay in the ear after an ear infection; these causes are common in most people. Other causes of hearing loss are: the buildup of earwax, a scar or a hole in the eardrum from past ear infections, or foreign objects that is stuck inside the ear.

Some causes of hearing loss can be present at birth, like birth defects that changed the conditions in the ear; some could come from genetic conditions and infections that came from the mother that has been passed to the child in the womb that can also cause changes in the ear (examples: toxoplasmosis, rubella, or herpes). There are other infections that can affect the nerves of the ear like; measles, mumps and scarlet fever.

Our ears can also be injured from pressure difference. This happens when the pressure from outside the eardrum is different from the pressure inside the eardrum. This is often experienced from scuba diving.

Other causes can be outside forces that damages the nerves in our ears like explosions, gunfire, loud noises and skull fractures. Other causes are age-related, the use of certain medicines, and too much exposure to loud noises.

Hearing Loss Treatment

Treatment from hearing loss is not that cheap and not easily attained so I would suggest avoiding the causes of hearing loss. But when loss of hearing seems inevitable, you could only turn to treatment. Treating hearing loss depends on the type of hearing loss. Common treatments include medicines, operations, and hearing aids.

Hearing aids are like amplifiers, they make the sound easier to pick up so that the sound could be clearer to someone who has loss their hearing. But hearing aids are expensive and they get easily broken, they are not water-resistant, and could break easily when stepped on. If you’re not able or willing to spend the money on custom devices, you may want to consider over-the-counter hearing aids. When you decide to get a hearing aid, you can also check into hearing aid insurance.

Hearing aid insurance gives you a warranty period of 2-3 years, which surely guarantees you protection from any sudden loss or damage. However some insurance companies do not offer hearing aid insurance as part of their health insurance plans because hearing aids do not fall in the category of prosthetic devices; some companies add-on an extra charge when it comes to hearing aids.

Our hearing is important and should be paid attention to. In following some rules and researching on solutions to enhance our hearing, we are a step closer to preventing loss of hearing.