Hearing loss refers to a situation or condition where an individual is unable to hear clearly or their audibility levels go down drastically. It could be due to a sudden injury, infection, etc. or even because of old age or some chronic problem that has been around for a while. Signs and symptoms include gradual or sudden loss of hearing, pain in the area, ringing sound or sensation, etc.
HOW IS HEARING LOSS DIAGNOSED?
An ENT would diagnose the problem through modern techniques to check your sound levels, inspect your internal eardrums and also do a CT scan or X-ray if needed.
HOW IS HEARING LOSS TREATED?
Hearing loss that occurs when sounds are unable to pass into the inner ear is often temporary and treatable. Earwax buildup can be removed by drops, a syringe or suction. Hearing loss caused by a bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics. Surgery can be used to drain a fluid buildup, repair a perforated eardrum or correct problems with the hearing bones.
DID YOU KNOW?
One in three people worldwide over the age of 65, live with hearing loss.