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Overview

Hearing Loss: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Hearing loss is caused by the sort of ear illness or condition a patient might confront. These incorporate ear contamination, ear wax, deformity of the outside ear, middle ear or the ear canal. The ear wax is a fundamental part of the hearing framework. The term refers to a dark or yellowish substance that is waxy to the touch. This substance is available inside the ear canal and is imperative since it not just assists with the lubrication inside the ear but in addition it helps keep microscopic organisms, water, fungi and creepy crawlies under control. Consequently, the substance itself isn't an issue with regards to your wellbeing. In any case, overabundance of ear wax can prompt issues, and this is the point at which it should be dealt with.

Having a lot of ear wax in the ear canal can lead to issues with hearing and even prompt an intense loss of the same. Along these lines, it is essential to get the issue treated with the goal that you can hear as obviously as you did some time before. There are successful medicines for ear wax. You will either be given conditioners which will enable the solidified wax to wind up noticeably malleable and effortlessly removable or will be asked to go through with an ENT. In this methodology, a sanitized instrument molded like a scoop will be utilized to scoop out the overabundance of ear wax from your ears.

How is the treatment done?

The initial step to completing the treatment is to go and visit an ENT. The ENT will observe the inside of your ear to perceive what the issue is and all that is required for the finding. There are no particular tests as this is something that can be affirmed outwardly. When it is affirmed that your loss of hearing is a direct result of an excessive amount of ear wax, at that point the treatment can start.

In the event that there is solidified ear wax in your ear that can't be evacuated without causing pain or damage, at that point the initial step is to begin with a softener. The softener can be anything like olive oil or castor oil. It will be regulated with a dropper and put inside your ear so the wax starts to get wet and get milder. Once that is accomplished, it can be evacuated. Another approach to manage the treatment is to just scoop out the extra wax with the assistance of an instrument that is molded like a scoop. It wipes out the whole ear and reestablishes the hearing impeccably. In addition, dressing will be utilized to clean the ears alongside a disinfectant to guarantee that no infections take place. The strategy is for the most part easy however a little inconvenience can be normal as the cleaning takes place.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you are experiencing the loss of hearing as though your ear is congested or stuffed, then you can visit an ENT and seek the treatment for excess ear wax. Every person is eligible for a hearing loss treatment.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you have an ear infection or are suffering from other underlying medical conditions related to your ears, then you may not be eligible for the treatment. It all depends on what your doctor says about your problem.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects to getting your ears cleaned. However, using an unsterilized instrument to clean the ear may cause infections. Moreover, cleaning the ear harshly or without a softener can lead to injury and pain.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no post treatment guidelines. Ear wax is natural and is a part of your system. Although, you can get regular check-ups with your ENT to prevent a large scale build-up of ear wax. Using Q tips at home should be strictly avoided as they pack the wax further within the ear into a tighter mass, rather than helping you clean it all. There are extremely harmful for a person and you should avoid it at all costs.

How long does it take to recover?

The procedure to clean your ear can take anywhere between 15 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on whether the wax first needs to be softened or not. The recovery is immediate and your hearing will be restored immediately.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The clean up of your ears can range anywhere between Rs. 200 – Rs. 1,000, depending on where you get the treatment from.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The buit-up ofear wax is a natural process, hence you can expect the condition to return if you do not clean your ears on a regular basis.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The alternative treatment methods for hearing loss include oil, consumption of food rich in beta-carotene and antioxidants, application of tea tree, and food items induced with Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Very Low Relative Risk: Very Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: Very Low Price Range:

Rs. 200 – Rs. 1,000

Popular Health Tips

Ear Trauma - Tips To Deal With It!

MBBS, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Ear Trauma -  Tips To Deal With It!

The ear is a very sensitive organ of the body which can be damaged very easily. Ear trauma can be caused in the outer ear or middle ear or the inner ear. Ear traumas are mostly seen occurring due to motorbike accidents, blasts happening in a war zone or sometimes at sporting events.

The outer ear, or the part of the ear that is visible, only that can sustain ear traumas or an actual loss of the part of the ear. Trauma to the outer ear can happen due to mainly motorbike injuries or injuries at sports events or occupational injuries. In the hands of a good doctor, problems caused to the outer ear can be cured just like any other cosmetic surgery.

The trauma caused to the middle ear may always not be mendable because it is the main part that helps in hearing. If harmful foreign elements enter the middle ear, they may end up damaging the external canal, tympanic membrane and the delicate bones that aid to produce the sound. Fixing problems of the middle ear though might not always be possible but a good doctor with skills and experience can restore the functioning of the middle ear.

The inner ear faces trauma when it is exposed to high decibels of noise. The inner ear sits well protected inside a bone structure but can be harmed by a penetrating gunshot injury and in such cases, it is difficult to cure the trauma caused to the inner ear.

Ear traumas can affect a person's hearing severely. It may be in milder cases cured with a cosmetic surgery but in case a trauma is caused by the noise of a bomb blast, it may permanently damage the ears.

What are the causes of ear trauma?

  • Ear trauma has many causes and a few common ones are mentioned below-
  • Ear trauma may be caused when the external part of the ear is completely removed due to injuries caused by accidents.
  • Ear trauma can also be caused by injuries to the outer part of the ear these include those sustained in blunt force trauma.
  • Excessive noise can cause ear trauma and finally impede the hearing ability of an individual
  • Putting sharp objects in the ear to clean it can cause damage to the middle ear which may rupture the tympanic membrane.

Tips to deal with ear trauma

  • In case the external part of the ear starts to bleed due to some kind of scratch or minor accident, the bleeding must be immediately stopped by pressing a sterile gauge against the wound.
  • The wound needs to be washed with clean water and then treated with mild antiseptics.
  • Antibiotic medicines can be used to cure cuts and scratches.
  • A visit to the doctor is a must in case the wound is too deep to deal with at home.
     
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A Brief Overview On Sudden Hearing Loss!

MSc - Audiology, BSc - Speech & Hearing
Audiologist, Ghaziabad
A Brief Overview On Sudden Hearing Loss!

A loss of greater than 30dB of hearing is called sudden hearing loss. This happens usually over three contiguous frequencies. This kind of sudden hearing loss usually happens in one ear only, but in rare cases, it can happen in both the ears. Loss of hearing will happen all of a sudden for some and for some people, it will happen over a course of three days or 72 hours. Some people experience this when they wake up in the morning and for some, it will happen without any warning.

Symptoms of sudden hearing loss
The symptoms of sudden hearing loss can vary from person to person and its severity also varies. In some cases, this sudden hearing loss can result in permanent deafness as well. Following are some of the symptoms for a sudden hearing loss:

  • Hearing loss without earache
  • Hearing loss in only one ear
  • Dizziness
  • Ear pressure
  • No sensation in the outer ear
  • Tinnitus

Causes of sudden hearing loss:
There can be many causes for sudden hearing loss, some of which are mentioned below:

  • Meniere’s disease, which affects the inner ear
  • Cogan syndrome, which is an immune system problem
  • Loud music or voices
  • Trauma or head injury
  • Inner ear malfunctioning
  • Snake venom
  • Problems with proper blood circulation
  • Tumors
  • Diseases related to blood vessels
  • Aging
  • Neurological conditions
  • Stress
  • Viral infections in the ears
  • Injuries to cervical spine
  • Drugs
  • Insecticides
  • Disruption in blood flow to the ear

Treatment for sudden hearing loss

  • One major problem with this sudden hearing loss problem is that its cause is not definite. Visit an ENT specialist to get a timely treatment. When you are going for an early treatment, the chances of getting back to normal and recovery are high.
  • One of the most common kinds of treatments for a sudden hearing loss is steroids. Swelling and inflammation can be reduced with the help of steroids. People who are suffering from diseases related to immune system like Cogan syndrome will find this treatment very useful. Antibiotics are prescribed to patients who have infections in the ear.
  • Hearing aids may also be used for treating a sudden hearing loss. There are chances that a sudden hearing loss can end up as a permanent hearing loss and for those people, hearing aids are suggested.
  • There are other treatments like oxygen pressure chamber as well as local anesthesia for blocking inhibited nerves. Whatever be the type of treatment, make sure it is done under the strict supervision of experts.

Hearing Loss In Children - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

Master in Audiology & Speech language Pathology
Audiologist, Ranchi
Hearing Loss In Children - Signs You Are Suffering From It!

While it is sheer joy for a parent to see his/her child respond to questions and discussions, some children may not be able to do so, as they cannot hear what the parent is saying or asking. This condition of hearing loss can be either seen at birth (congenital) or it may develop after a few years (acquired). While it is difficult identifying hearing loss before 6 months of age, earlier detection can be extremely helpful in terms of improving the prognosis. Though not common, congenital hearing loss affects about 1.4 per 1000 births, while acquired loss affects about 5 per 1000 births.

Causes:

  1. Congenital:
    • Premature birth
    • Complications at birth including herpes infections
    • Maternal diabetes
    • Use of medications which are toxic to the ear (NSAIDs for example)
    • Heredity
  2. Acquired:
    • Perforation of the eardrum
    • Infections like meningitis or mumps
    • Serious head injury
    • Constant exposure to loud noise
    • Recurrent middle ear infections
    • Severe trauma to the middle ear (as a result of head injury)

Signs to identify hearing loss:

  1. Takes time to respond to your call often 
  2. Repeatedly asks you to repeat what you just said
  3. Tries to keep the ear closer to the source of the sound, either people or things
  4. Asks for the volume of TV and music to be higher than normal
  5. The child talks louder to be clear and understood
  6. The teacher at school complains about lack of attention
  7. Appears to be not paying attention to what said, and says, “didn’t hear you”
  8. Appears to lip-read by looking at the lips intently to see what you said
  9. Could have ear pains or ringing in the ears
  10. Reluctant to use phone or strains to hear over the phone

Treatment:

Before proceeding to treatment, the first step is to confirm hearing loss. A thorough physical exam and audiogram can help identify the reason for the hearing loss, so treatment can be planned accordingly.
In some children, severe wax buildup and middle ear infections can also cause hearing loss. All it requires is clearing of wax and a course of infection treatment to restore hearing. With medical advances, tests which are painless and non-invasive can be done in children as young as 6 months to confirm hearing loss.

  • Hearing aids: With aesthetics being a major concern, there are discreet devices which can be completely hidden. Even severe hearing loss can be managed with these.
  • Cochlear implant: Where there is a nervous problem, cochlear implants are used.
  • Speech therapy: For kids who have had a delay in picking up speech and language, additional speech therapy may be required.

Confirmation of hearing loss, is done by audiologist & speech language pathologist who are specialized in dealing with hearing and speech related problems and their management. So, its always advised to follow the specialist. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Cochlear Implant - The Many Benefits Of It

MBBS, MS - ENT, Fellowship In Otology
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Cochlear Implant - The Many Benefits Of It

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is used to restore hearing ability in people who suffer from hearing loss due to inner ear damage. Unlike hearing aids which amplify sounds so people with hearing loss are better able to perceive them, cochlear implants directly transmit electronic sound signals to the auditory nerve. They work by compensating for damaged cochlea, the part of inner ear that converts sound waves into neural impulses which are perceived by the brain. 

  1. A child who cannot hear will also never be able to speak. 
  2. Inability to hear and speak puts a person at disadvantage in society. 
  3. Simple tasks like talking on the phone which we take for granted become impossible. 
  4. Conventional methods of learning like attending a classroom lecture become impossible. 
  5. Brain development and intelligence is closely linked to development of speech and language. 
  6. Inability of parents to communicate with child leads to emotional distancing. 
  7. Integrating a hearing disabled person in to society becomes a frustrating experience for all involved. 
  8. Cost of integration per capita in much higher when compared to cost of Cochlear Implant. 
  9. Children with Cochlear Implants are fully integrated in society with normal hearing & speech. 
  10. Children with Cochlear Implants can attend regular schools & colleges 
  11. Early identification of hearing impairment gives children a better chance of developing speech and language skills, and of making the most of social and emotional interaction from an early age. 

Cochlear implants offer a multitude of benefits to people experiencing hearing loss, especially infants and children with severe hearing loss who are just starting to process language and speech. Some of these benefits are: 

  1. Hearing and communication – Cochlear implants improve hearing significantly, especially to a level where normal communication can be restored. It enhances the person’s ability to hear speech without relying on visual cues such as lip reading or hand signs. It makes telephonic conversation a lot easier. Cochlear implants also help people regulate their own voice and volume so that it is easier for others to understand them. 
  2. Quality of life - It can help people with hearing loss listen to and enjoy music and also watch television with sounds. It helps people listen to sounds in a noisy environment and differentiate soft sounds from loud ones. 
  3. Safety – Cochlear implants enhance the individual’s safety as it allows the person to be able to hear warning sounds like honking cars or ambulance sirens. This will allow people to navigate public spaces in a much safer way. 
  4. Society - For children with hearing loss, cochlear implants can help them adjust a lot better to regular schools instead of requiring special institutions. 
  5. Brain development - It can help infants with cochlear damage develop their speech recognition and speaking skills much faster. 

Cochlear implants 

  1. Only device of its kind that can restore a special sense.
  2. Consists of 2 parts-
    • One part is surgically implanted in the body 
    • Second part is worn behind the ear and communicates with internal part using wireless signals 
  3. Persons of any age can get a cochlear implant, from less than one year old children to 90 year old persons have received implants all around the world. 
  4. Cochlear implants can be done for partial hearing loss also, know as Hybrid implant that preserves the residual natural hearing and augments hearing only in certain sound frequencies in which hearing loss is present. 
  5. Are being used for indications other than hearing loss also like Tinnitus
  6. Surgery is a day care procedure for most patients. 

CochlearConsult a doctor to get a clear assessment of whether you would be an eligible candidate for a cochlear implant and what to expect from the procedure. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Swimmer's Ear - What Causes It?

MS - ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Swimmer's Ear - What Causes It?

Swimmer's ear is an infection of the ear canal, the passage that carries sounds from the outside of the body to the eardrum. It can be caused by many different types of bacteria or fungi.

Swimmer’s ear is a kind of infection which occurs in the outer ear canal and it results in an infected ear canal, long-term pain and irritation. Swimmer’s ear, as you can understand by the name, is referred in such a way because it is caused by water which is left inside the ear after swimming. The stuck water inside the canal gets damp where bacteria and fungus grows and results in an infection. Now we will discuss what are the causes that can bring such a condition.

Causes of Swimmer’s Ear - There are many reasons because of which people suffer from a swimmer’s ear: The entry of too much water inside the ear canal, leaves a part of it inside the ear which eventually allows bacteria to infest. The overcleaning of the ear canal with cotton buds causes the ear wax to come out which allows water to enter. When cosmetic chemicals like hair spray, enter the ears, it causes a sensitive chemical reaction which can lead to infection. Careless scratching inside the ear can result in small cuts inside the sensitive canal, where bacteria can infest. Swimming in water without covering your ears can also cause this.

So next time when you are swimming or scratching your ear without safety, remember that it can cause a swimmer’s ear. But you may have a question in mind, how will I know if I am suffering from this? We have thus listed the symptoms as well.

Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear-

Constant itching and irritation inside the ear. The pain or itching increases when you pull your year or chew something. There is an acute sensation of blockage inside the ear which is caused because of this condition and results in reduced levels of hearing. Someone suffering from swimmer's ear will have pus or ear fluids draining out from their ears.

Swimmer’s ear condition can be easily prevented if you follow some simple but very effective steps like blocking your ear with buds while swimming, cleaning the ear softly so that no water remains stuck etc. If you neglect any of the symptoms, they can result in a very chronic disease which can even result in hearing loss. So read through our article and understand what Swimmer’s ear is.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hello sir Two days ago. Someone who slapped me. Then my hearing reduce 20-30%.and my ear like a heaviness. And .and I take a drop. And that very painful. My ear and go to in my mouth. Sir please me.

MBBS, DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedist, Indore
Dear lybrate-user go for your ear check up at any of good ENT surgeon Seems you have perforated eardrum And meanwhile dont put any ear drop, keep it dry Good luck.
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I am 41 years male having hearing problem since childhood. I took hearing aid BTS from HEARING PLUS in right ear. My audibility test result is 72% loss in left ear and 75% in right ear. Still I find difficulty in hearing and guessing. Am I heading towards complete deafness? I also feel something lump in throat without any problem from last 6 months. What should I do?

M.Sc - Audiology, BASLP
Audiologist, Delhi
Dear sir, You are having severe hearing loss in both ears, it is advised to wear hearing aids in both ears to improve your speech discrimination abilities. Please have your aided speech audiometry done to assess the benefit from the hearing aids. Thank you.
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When I run I feel like my ears are filled with air so I can't hear in time. Is any solution for this problem? Waiting for your precious reply sir. thank you.

Audiologist,
Go to audiologist get your audiometry ,tympanometry test done .consult with ENT specialist with the reports, you will get the answer. Do not be in doubt ,get it clear. Good luck.
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What can be the reason for progressing high frequency sensorineural hearing loss in both ears? What can be done to prevent the progression apart from wearing hearing aids to cope with it?

Audiologist,
It can be due to ototoxic drug (chemo therapy ), may be due to noise exposure ,can be due to age related hearing loss .the list is endless. Wot is there in your case has to be examined by taking detailed case history and full profile test. After getting the reason for high freq. Hearing loss ,then only I can comment on management. For every high freq hearing loss hearing aid is not the management option. So first go for profile test (hearing test) then share the report, I vl definitely guide u.

Sir, my left ear lost hearing. Made operation because lot of discharge liquid in the in side middle ear that is stroboscopic operation after that operation I lost hearing them in my right ear day by day I lost hearing after that left ear operation now I using hearing aid to hear the sound.

Audiologist,
Sir, Do you have the pre-surgical report .If not how can you compare the report you are getting now .Did you talk with your ENT how much better it will be after surgery .If not then now go for audiometry, if the result is more towards sensorineural hearing loss then go for hearing aids and the healing process takes approx. 3 months. So wait for 3 months.

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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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