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Hearing Loss - Know How To Cope Up With It!

Dr. Dhirendra Singh Kushwah 89% (79 ratings)
MBBS, MS - ENT
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Hearing Loss - Know How To Cope Up With It!

The hearing is one of the five senses that you or anyone else rely on for communication and a whole host of other things. Among the five senses, touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight, it is often hearing, which is the most easily affected. You don't have to be a senior citizen to experience hearing loss as it is quite common among younger people as well. This problem is also getting widespread with each passing day.

Before coping with hearing loss, the first job is to detect it-
If you have a hunch that you or any of your loved ones is suffering from hearing loss, it is important that you get it diagnosed. Some of the common symptoms of hearing loss will be:

  1. Hearing difficulties while talking to someone over the phone
  2. Straining to hear conversations with family members or friends in household situations 
  3. People usually need to repeat what they talk to you with a louder voice
  4. You often hear complaints that you keep the TV too loud.
  5. In crowded situations, such as family gatherings or a restaurant, you have problems listening to people.

Although this condition tends to affect senior citizens, an increasing trend shows younger people i.e. people mostly in their 40 and 50s and even younger than that suffer from this condition.

How to deal with hearing loss?
Some of the options to deal with hearing loss are mentioned below.

  1. Once diagnosed with hearing problems, change your ways of communication: If you or your loved ones have been diagnosed with hearing problems, it is important that both adjust your ways to deal with the problem. Rather than getting angry at the other for not being able to communicate effectively, develop and strategize ways to make communication less problematic and erratic.
  2. Cochlear implants: This is a newer technology, which has gained popularity in the past decade or so. These are directly implanted into the inner ear and are designed to bypass the damaged areas of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. These have become very popular, although, are not a replacement of natural hearing. It is only prescribed for people who have severe hearing loss or are deaf.
  3. Hearing aids: Although selecting a hearing aid is difficult as the patient needs to be comfortable, once selected it is one of the best solutions for the hearing impaired. The functionality of these devices can be extended with the hearing assistive technology or HAT devices that can focus the audio waves depending on the situations and give a more tailored approach for every individual's needs.

I'm feeling hearing problem when i'm bending down I can hear properly when i'm in normal position I feel like something blocking the sound when I tilt my head very harshly, I can hear for sometime I have problem in right ear i'm using foam ear plugs are they harmful.

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1810 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
I'm feeling hearing problem
when i'm bending down I can hear properly
when i'm in normal position I feel like somethi...
Ear infection or injury can upset your balance and make you dizzy when you bend over. One common inner ear problem is when a calcium particle from one part of the ear gets dislodged and moves to another part of the ear. Let's have a detailed discussion to ensure proper treatment.
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Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss - Know Reasons Behind It!

Dr. Anil Safaya 87% (41 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Otorhinolaryngology
ENT Specialist, Delhi
Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss - Know Reasons Behind It!

SSHL is not like any other normal hear-loss trouble. Rather it is quite a severe condition. Sudden deafness can occur at any time due to several reasons. This trouble does not affect both the ears rather only one specific ear is usually affected, and thus this is one of the prominent signs that can help the doctors to understand that SSHL has occurred. 

What are the leading causes of this hearing loss?

-  Head injury: If you have faced any severe kind of head injury ever, then it might bring SSHL. This is why you are suggested to get necessary treatment on time so that this kind of hearing loss can be avoided.

-  Loud-noise exposure: If your ears are exposed to louder noises or sounds in a consistent manner, then there is a greater possibility of the occurrence of this hearing loss. Thus, you should stay away from unwanted noises. 

-  Ageing: With the increase in age, hearing power slowly decreases. However, if you take proper precautions from the very beginning, then SSHL can be definitely avoided. 

-  Blood-circulation troubles: Interrupted blood-circulation creates different physical troubles out of which hearing loss is one of the most prominent ones. And if timely treatment is not provided, then it might get converted into SSHL. 

- Ototoxic medication: This kind of medication should not be continued for long without doctor's prescription otherwise SSHL might occur. 

-  Lyme disease: This is a kind of disease, which occurs due to tick bites and this is pretty infectious in nature. Apart from that, this disease is now considered as one of the main sources of SSHL. 

How to evaluate this hearing loss? 

-  History analysis: The history of the patient needs to be known first otherwise SSHL cannot be perfectly treated. If the history shows that the patient already has existing trouble of ear loss for which SSHL has been proven, then in accordance with the same the treatment can be prescribed. 

-  Laboratory and imaging: Laboratory analysis is one of the main methods for evaluating SSHL and necessary images of the ears boost the potentiality and importance of this kind of analysis to a great extent. 

-  Quick evaluation: This kind of medical evaluation is mainly made on the basis of the symptoms. The doctors often follow the signs thoroughly in order to determine as to whether the patients have SSHL or not. This evaluation is highly supported by different medical tests that are prescribed by the doctor.

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I am 25 years old. I am a female I can not hear properly with my left ear. As doctor told that one of the cells damaged. And it cannot be operate. please help me. Is it possible to treat it?

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1810 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
I am 25 years old. I am a female I can not hear properly with my left ear. As doctor told that one of the cells damag...
Ear infection, sinus infection, and ear wax are common causes of hearing loss that rarely cause permanent damage. You can try over-the-counter kits for simple ear wax removal. Let's discuss your problem in detail for better advice and medication.
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My mom is suffering sneezing, nose running for more than 3 months. She even can't hear any smell. Please kindly suggest me how to treat.

Dr. Dholariya Sagar 94% (631 ratings)
MBBS, Fellowship in Hypertension
General Physician, Ujjain
My mom is suffering sneezing, nose running for more than 3 months. She even can't hear any smell. Please kindly sugge...
It could be due to sinusitis and respiratory tract infection    take hot saline gargles atleast 5 - 6 times a day, it will help to clear the throat .  steam inhalation also helps to clear respiratory passages.  sprinkling eucalyptus oil on the clothes and pillows while sleeping will help.  elevating the upper body and head by propping up with 2 - 3 pillows at night will help to relieve post nasal drip which worsens dry cough.  hot soup infused with ginger, tulsi, pepper should be taken.  avoid cold food. Eat fresh homemade steaming hot food. take lots of fluids - water, soups, dal ka paani  take antibiotics, anti allergic medicine.
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Kanamycin injection ke side effect se hamari kan ki awaaz chali gai hai to hamne btaiye ki wapas aaegi ki nahin, mai mdr tb se lad raha hu. Please meri madad kijiye.

Dr. Mool Chand Gupta 95% (36734 ratings)
MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Kanamycin injection ke side effect se hamari kan ki awaaz chali gai hai to hamne btaiye ki wapas aaegi ki nahin, mai ...
Slight improvement only.
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Is it possible to make stable my mixed hearing loss (current I have)? How it appears in my future?

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1810 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
Is it possible to make stable my mixed hearing loss (current I have)? How it appears in my future?
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. There may be a problem in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear or auditory nerve. It can happen after a head injury, long-term infection, or because of a disorder that runs in your family. Let's discuss your problem in detail for better medication plan and healthy lifestyle.
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Sir, I am suffering from tinnitus, the sound is high. Can't hear properly in my left ear. Also hearing is affected and the sound is much higher. Can I take tinnex capsules or any other medication available to get fast relief. Please suggest.

Dr. Hajira Khanam 92% (260 ratings)
MD- General Physician-RU- Equi. MBBS, Diploma in Laryngology & otology
ENT Specialist, Hyderabad
Sir, I am suffering from tinnitus, the sound is high. Can't hear properly in my left ear. Also hearing is affected an...
tinnitus could be for many reasons, get PTA and IA done, was this problem after an episode of cold, and what's the duration of the same
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I am suffering from high tinnitus and hearing problem in my left ear. please suggest a solution n some medicines to get relief from sounds created by tinnitus.

Dr. Prakhar Singh 95% (1810 ratings)
MBBS, Basic Life Support (B.L.S), Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE)
General Physician, Delhi
I am suffering from high tinnitus and hearing problem in my left ear. please suggest a solution n some medicines to g...
Tinnitus is a type of medical condition in which the patient hears different sounds like buzzing or ringing in the ears. It is a very abnormal sound which may have its origin in the outer ear, inner ear, middle ear or the brain. There are other problems or symptoms which arise with Tinnitus including stress and fear caused by Tinnitus, ear pain, anxiety, difficulty to sleep, depression, difficulty in concentration or difficulty in hearing. However, it is important to understand that Tinnitus is not a disease or illness in itself but it is a sign or symptom of some other problem. Tinnitus may resolve itself over a certain time or it may even last for many years. you may need a complete examination to get right diagnosis.
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Noise Induced Hearing Loss - How To Protect One's Hearing From Excessive Noise?

Dr. Sathish Kumar.S Sadula 87% (11 ratings)
MS - ENT, MBBS
ENT Specialist, Hyderabad
Noise Induced Hearing Loss - How To Protect One's Hearing From Excessive Noise?

Sound is what we hear when vibrations from the source travel through the air and reach our ears. On the contrary, noise is what we describe as ‘unwanted sound’. This unwanted noise is a major cause of hearing loss in children and adults alike.

Too much exposure to loud noises – busy streets, noisy workplaces, loud recreational events, and industrial factories – cause severe damage to the delicate ear nerves, leading to permanent sensorineural hearing loss.

What is Noise-induced Hearing Loss?

In order to understand the mechanism of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), one needs to understand how the normal process of hearing works.

Sound waves entering the outer ear and travelling through the ear canal, reaches the eardrum, which sends vibrations to the three ear ossicles – stapes, incus, and malleus. The ossicles intensify and transmit the sound through vibrations to the fluid within the cochlea. The fluids present within the cochlea then bends the small hair cell receptors and trigger electrical signals to the auditory nerves. The brain converts these signals into sounds we perceive.

When the sound is too loud to handle, the vibrations become larger and causes the fluid motion inside the cochlea to break. Once the cochlear hair cells are damaged, they are unable to activate signals to the brain, which eventually impedes hearing.

What causes NIHL? Who are at risk?

People working in mines, agricultural fields, construction sites, military force, and similar fields are usually at greater risk of Noise-induced Hearing Loss. This is because they are exposed to excessively loud noise throughout the day. Tractors, orchard sprayers, explosives – these produce noise beyond the normal limit, which is 20 – 2000 Hz.

Certain things we do for fun – listening to loud music for long with headphones on or earphones plugged in, going to rock concerts or similar events, shooting – can also cause Noise-induced Hearing Loss.

Warning Signs to Look Out For:

A single incidence of excessively loud noise has the potential of creating a sudden instance of NIHL. However, the damage progresses gradually in most cases and exhibits the following symptoms -

• Sounds become muffled or distorted
• You can hear people but are unable to understand what they are saying
• You are not able to understand or hear from a distance of 3 feet
• You have this constant urge to increase the volume of your Television or Music system

You may not be able to identify the warning signs initially, or you might be hoping that the symptoms will disappear on their own. Nevertheless, if you have ever encountered these signs, then you should get your ears checked by a specialist at the soonest.

How to Prevent NIHL from Getting Worse?

Noise-induced Hearing Loss is preventable. If you adopt a few precautionary measures, you should be able to protect your ears in noisy surroundings and continue listening to your favourite sounds.

• Wear Disposable Earplugs - These earplugs come in various sizes and can reduce the noise levels effectively by 15-30 decibels. Whether it is a live concert, a shooting game, or a usual working day in the factory, you can just plug in these to completely block the ear canals, thereby restricting loud noise from doing further damage to the ears. You will get these at a drug store, or you can get it custom-made to fit in your ears from a healthcare clinic.

• Wear Earmuffs - These cover the ears completely and seal noise from entering the ear canal. You can pair these with earplugs to reduce the noise levels further.

• Follow the 60/60 Rule - While listening to music on a personal audio device, make sure you do not exceed the volume beyond 60%. Also, ensure that you are not listening to loud music for more than an hour each day. If you are listening to songs on your Smartphone, set the volume cap at 60%.

• Choose Over-the-ear Headphones - In-ear headphones sit very close to the eardrums and are hence more dangerous than Over-the-ear headphones.

• Replace Old Noisy Machine Parts - This holds true for people working in factories and construction sites. Old machine parts produce more noise than the new ones. It is advisable that you replace rusty, noisy machine parts or at least lubricate them frequently to reduce friction and reduce noise.

Once you are aware of the hazards of noise, you should be mindful and take actions accordingly.

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