Hearing Loss & Ear Care
Hearing loss is a partial or total inability to hear. Hearing impairment is an umbrella term that includes hearing loss as well as other disorders of the ear. Hearing loss can be caused by a number of different things, including earwax buildup, an ear infection, a ruptured eardrum, medications, or exposure to loud noise. Hearing loss can also be congenital (present at birth) or acquired later in life.
Hearing loss can have a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life, making it difficult to communicate with others and enjoy everyday activities. However, with treatment, many people are able to manage their hearing loss and live fulfilling lives.
Hearing loss treatment depends on the underlying cause and whether it is sudden or gradual. In some cases, hearing aids or other assistive devices can help to improve hearing. Hearing aids are small electronic devices that are worn in or around the ear to amplify sound and used to improve communication and quality of life. If hearing loss is acute and caused by an infection or illness, treating the primary problem will likely restore hearing. For more severe cases of hearing loss, surgery may be necessary.
Common Symptoms to Look Out For:
Ringing in ears
Sensitivity to sound
Difficulty hearing others
Because hearing plays such an important role in our day-to-day lives and the quality of our relationships, it is important to seek medical attention if you notice a change in your hearing. The most important thing you can do if you experience any symptoms related to hearing loss is to discuss the problem with your doctor, so he or she can determine the cause and create the appropriate treatment plan.