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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

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Labyrinthitis - All You Need To Know About It!

Ali Yavar Jung National Institute Of Speech And Hearing Disabilities Kolkata, PhD - Public Health
Audiologist, Delhi
Labyrinthitis - All You Need To Know About It!

Labyrinthitis is a very common disease related to audiology in which the person suffers from an inner ear medical disorder. The two vestibular nerves present inside the inner portion of the ears send information to the brain about spatial navigation and also balance control. Now, when any of these two nerves become inflamed due to some reason, it causes Labyrinthitis.

The symptoms of this disorder are easily identifiable and the person is treated generally based on the kind of symptoms he or she is experiencing.

Symptoms: 

Even though the symptoms may disappear after a few days, a chronic Labyrinthitis will continue to affect after that as well.

  • Dizziness can be experienced throughout the day
  • Vertigo or fear of heights can affect the person.
  • Loss of balance because of the inflammation.
  • Nausea and vomiting due to dizziness.
  • Tinnitus or a ringing sensation in the ears.

These are the symptoms Labyrinthitis and sometimes if these are not treated well, then it can lead to permanent hearing loss.

Causes

  • Illnesses like bronchitis can cause Labyrinthitis.
  • Different viral infections affecting the inner ear
  • Infection or virus attack in the stomach
  • Herpes caused by Human alphaherpesvirus
  • Bacterial middle ear infections

So if you are suffering from any of these medical problems then you must visit an audiologist immediately and treat the condition in a proper manner.

Diagnosis And Treatment 

The doctor will conduct different physical examination and other tests which will help him or her to detect the real problem. Hearing tests, blood tests, a CT or MRI scan of the head and even electroencephalogram can be used to diagnose the patient. Once the real cause of the disease gets traced, the doctor will prescribe medication accordingly.

Here are some of the best treatment of this disease: 

  • Antihistamines, such as desloratadine or Clarinex will be prescribed.
  • Medications which will effectively reduce dizziness and nausea are also given to get relief from the most common symptoms.
  • Sedatives, such as diazepam if the patient is unable to sleep properly.
  • Easily available antihistamines like fexofenadine (Allegra), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), or loratadine (Claritin).

Apart from treating yourself with different medication here are some important actions you can perform to get relief from symptoms which might affect you:

  • Avoid rapid or quick changes in position and postures.
  • Sit very still and don't move during a vertigo attack.
  • Get up clamly and steadily from a lying down or seated position instead of a sudden movement.
  • Avoid bright television, computer screens, and flashing lights during a potential vertigo attack.

So, here are the different information which you must know about Labyrinthitis and we hope this article will help you to get the best treatment and recovery.

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Earwax Buildup & Blockage - How To Get Rid Of It?

MBBS, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Ghaziabad
Earwax Buildup & Blockage - How To Get Rid Of It?

The body has its own protective mechanisms, and one of these is the ear wax. The skin in the ear produces an oily, waxy substance known as cerumen. This is produced to help protect the ear from the dust and the microorganisms that it is constantly subjected to. What happens is this earwax is naturally removed from the ear as it gets washed away through the ear canal that opens to the outside. However, in some cases, where there is an excessive production of wax, it can harden and cause blockage. Read on to know more about how this ear wax builds up, how it may cause blockage, and how to get rid of it.

Buildup: As noted, the ear wax is a natural protective mechanism to keep dust and bacteria from entering the ear canal which is a very critical organ. The middle ear is responsible for maintaining overall body balance. However, in some people, more wax is produced than what gets removed. Also, due to recurrent use of earphones and ear buds, the wax can get pushed deeper. The earphones also could block the wax from getting out of the ear canal.

Excessive ear wax can lead to the following:

It is important to know that trying to remove ear wax at home should be avoided, as they can push the wax internally and cause more severe problems. These above symptoms could be indicative of various other problems in the ear and so should be immediately attended to by a medical doctor. Those who use hearing aids may also face the problem of excessive wax buildup.

Removal: As mentioned above, removal should not be done at home. This is true especially for young children and elderly.

  • Wax softening: There are specific drops which can be used to soften ear wax. Some other products at home which can be used include baby oil, glycerine, mineral oil, or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Over-the-counter: Ear irrigation kits are available with clear instructions and can be used safely.

As the next step, clinical removal may be required. Those who are prone for excessive wax buildup may go for an annual or biannual wax removal. This could include irrigation and use of suction or curette to remove the wax. Ear wax, though not very pleasant, has a role to play in the ear’s health and small amounts of it is beneficial.

Acoustic Neuroma - What Are The Risk Factors?

MBBS, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Mumbai
Acoustic Neuroma - What Are The Risk Factors?

Acoustic neuroma is the development of noncancerous and slow-growing tumors on the main, vestibular nerve that travels from the inner ear to the brain, connecting the two organs. They are also known as vestibular schwannoma, as it arises from Schwann cells covering the vestibular nerve. It rarely grows rapidly or attains a large enough size that can press against the brain and interfere with the vital functions of the brain. Since the tumor is benign, the patient can be assured that it won’t spread to the other parts of the body; however, they can grow large enough to disrupt the normal function of the body.

The pressure from the acoustic neuroma on the main nerve can cause loss of hearing, a constant ringing in the ear and unsteadiness. As per a report published by the Acoustic Neuroma Association, 1 out of every 50,000 people suffers from this condition.

Risk factors for acoustic neuroma
Acoustic neuroma does not have quite as many risk factors. The only established risk factor for acoustic neuroma is having a parent who suffers from the rare genetic disorder neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2). However, having said that, neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) accounts for only 5 percent of the reported cases. In most of the cases, it has been found that the tumors appear spontaneously without any indication of a family member having this disease or any medical history of the same.

The development of noncancerous tumors on the ear nerves as well as other nerves in the body is scientifically supported as a characteristic indication of neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2). Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is also termed as an autosomal dominant disorder, which indicates that the mutated gene can pass from just one parent. Each of the children has a fifty-fifty chance of inheriting the disease.

However, scientists and doctors have failed to identify why specific people get these tumors. They have reached a generic conclusion about the risk factors, which may include:

  • Loud noises near the ear.
  • A parathyroid neuroma, which is a similar benign tumor of the thyroid.
  • A chance of exposure to low levels of radiation in the childhood.

How to diagnose the risk factors for acoustic neuroma?
If you are experiencing loss of hearing or other neurological symptoms, try to keep track of them. Later on, mention them to your doctor for a proper diagnosis. A detailed history of the symptoms will help your doctor. Your doctor will perform a hearing test to check whether you have an acoustic neuroma. Then the doctor may perform a brainstem auditory evoked response tests along with an electronystagmography to detect any changes in eye movement, caused due to the inner ear. MRI and CT scans are also quite common diagnoses methods for acoustic neuroma.

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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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Popular Questions & Answers

My question to ENT Dr. How I can choose hearing aid. I checked by audiologist. But he suggests choose best hearing aid not motion capacity.

M.Sc - Audiology, BASLP
Audiologist, Delhi
Dear sir, The best way to choose a hearing aid is to try it. Nowadays most of the clinics offer free hearing aid trial. Go to a qualified and experienced audiologist, he will give you the best advice. Thank you.

She undergone tympanoplasty 8 months ago but still there is a small perforation in the eardrum. And the hearing loss worsen tremendously and patient become depressed. Can she use hearing aid as there is still a small whole in the ear drum? Is that increase the chance of infection?

M.Sc - Audiology, BASLP
Audiologist, Delhi
Yes she can use hearing aids. But you have to take care of few things 1. Try to go for BTE hearing aids with proper vent in ear molds. Avoid using CICs. 2. Don't use hearing aid whenever there is some ear discharge.
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I have 115 dbh profound hearing loss in my right ear. One ent specialist told me we can not do any good thing on that ear. But I have doubt. She told my nerves are gone weak. But will I be able to listen with help of cochlear implants?

Audiologist,
I want to suggest you to try the latest super power hearing aids, in some cases they work for some people with this type of loss. So,after taking the trail session of the hearing aid you will get whether its working for you or not. If its not working you can go for cochlear implant ,but its expensive 6-8 lakhs approx. And as its a surgery pre surgical checklist should be ok to proceed. You can go for that. Feel free to consult with me with reports or home visit if you want, I jus want to cross check the reports with my testing and give you a trail. Good luck.

I have hearing problem on my right ear and tinnitus on both sides of my head. Is there any treatment available for my problems?

M.Sc - Audiology, BASLP
Audiologist, Delhi
Please visit an ENT for ear examination and have your hearing tested by a qualified audiologist. You can ask your doctor or audiologist for the possible treatment based on your examination. If you want to consult me you can share your reports with me.
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I am suffering from my hearing problem I my right ear and one month there is sound in my ear sssssso ssssso and sleepless in night. Pl give me advice.

MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Trivandrum
Get your checked by an ENT specialist. .and meet an audiologist for audiograms to see the hearing status. It can even be just wax or may be a middle ear fluid or even a nerve problem.
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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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