Cure For Hearing Loss
If you suffer from conductive hearing loss, there are often treatments, which will enable you to hear again properly; conductive hearing loss occurs when sounds cannot pass through the inner ear and possible causes include a collection of ear wax, a perforated ear drum and infections. Treatment options include medication to treat infections, ear syringing to remove excess wax and surgery to correct damage caused by perforation.
In cases of sensorineural hearing loss, which occur when sound is unable to travel from the auditory nerve to the brain, it is often impossible to cure hearing loss; however, there are treatments, including hearing aids, which enable people to hear. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the auditory nerve is damaged or parts of the inner ear are not functioning normally; the damage prevents sounds from being processed by the brain.
Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss; they are small devices, which are designed to amplify sounds to make them easier to hear. There are lots of different types of hearing aid available and modern hearing aids are so small and compact that they can barely be seen. Hearing aids are suitable for adults and children and they are available on the NHS, as well as from private dispensers.
In some cases, a cochlear implant may be recommended; this device is made up of a processor, which is located outside of the ear and an internal receiver, which is located inside the ear. The processor is responsible for picking up sounds and converting them into signals, which are transmitted to the internal receiver; they then travel into the cochlea and onwards to the brain via the auditory nerve. Generally speaking, cochlear implant surgery is recommended for children and adults with severe hearing loss in both ears and it may be beneficial when hearing aids are ineffective. Cochlear implants can only be effective in cases where the auditory nerve works normally.
Another treatment, which may be recommended for people with profound hearing loss is an auditory brain stem implant; this device is designed to make it easier for you to hear and it is made up of electrodes, a receiver and processor. The microphone detects sounds, which are converted into signals, which are sent to the brain via the electrodes.
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