Pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen if taken in large doses can trigger loss of hearing. The large doses can be related to about 8 to 12 aspirin or ibuprofen pills in a day. Pain relievers reduce blood flow in the inner ear which consists of the cochlea. The cochlea is mainly responsible for transforming the sound to neural message.
Earwax is the waxy substance in the ear that protects the ear from dust and other foreign particles. It cannot impair hearing.
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Earwax can impair hearing because if the earwax glands start making excess wax that lead to blocking ear passages. While cleaning ears, the wax may get pushed farther worsening the blockage. But the hearing loss due to earwax block is temporary and can be treated by cleaning ears with painless and quick methods.
High-frequency hearing loss causes people to miss out on certain sounds such as:
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Females and young children usually have voices with high frequency. Hence, high-frequency hearing loss causes people to miss out on the voices of women and small children. Train horns, factory machinery, television, lawn mower etc. emit sounds with low frequency and hence, can be heard by people even with hearing loss.
Middle ear implants (MEI) are used when other hearing aids are not suitable for the patients either because they do not fit well or the material that the aids are made of cause allergy. How many important parts are the MEIs composed of?
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The two main parts of the middle ear implant is one that is attached to the skin and the one that is placed under the skin. The device that is placed under the skin, picks up signals from the ear and transmits them to the small bones of the middle ear to vibrate them. The device placed on the skin, picks up sound waves and converts them into electrical signals.
In moderate to severe hearing loss, you cannot hear sounds less than 80 dB.
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Moderate to severe hearing loss implies that the patient cannot hear sounds less than 80 dB. Such sounds include normal conversation, sound of a washing machine, whispers and alike. Heavy sounds like the ones coming from heavy traffic, lawn mower, hand drill, motorbike, ambulance siren, jet engine, shotgun blast or rocket launch may be the cause of impaired hearing.