Are you finding that you're missing what people are saying in a group conversation and needing them to repeat themselves? This is probably a sign of age-related hearing loss, and you should visit Ramie A. Tritt, MD, of Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. He's a board-certified otolaryngologist who works with highly qualified audiologists to assess your hearing loss and help you hear more clearly. Call one of his two offices in Atlanta, Georgia, today, or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.
Inner ear damage is the most common cause of hearing loss. Wear-and-tear from years of use and excessive noise are the most likely reasons for this damage.
The tiny hairs (cilia) and nerve cells in your inner ear that transmit sound to your brain might disappear or break. That means they can't send signals to your brain as efficiently, and you can't hear as well as you used to.
Other possible causes of hearing loss include tympanic membrane perforation (ruptured eardrum), ear infections, fevers, abnormal bony growths, and tumors. Earwax blockages can cause a temporary loss of hearing.
Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is common. By age 75, around half the population is likely to experience a degree of hearing loss.
If hearing loss occurs suddenly, you might need urgent medical attention. In most cases, hearing loss happens slowly, so you might not realize it at first. Signs to look for include:
Hearing loss can lead to depression and even social isolation, as well as making life more difficult. There are some excellent treatments available to improve your hearing, which can help you regain your confidence and enjoy life to the fullest.
The treatment the Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. team recommends for your hearing loss depends on what's causing it. Options include:
If you have an earwax blockage, professional removal using suction or a tool called a curet is far safer than trying to remove the blockage yourself.
Eardrum abnormalities and problems with the bones involved in hearing (ossicles) might need surgical correction. If you frequently get ear infections and have persistent fluid buildup, your provider can insert tiny tubes to help your ears drain.
Hearing aids can be useful for hearing loss caused by inner ear damage. The audiology team at Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. provides an extensive selection of hearing aids to suit all requirements. They also offer comprehensive fitting and maintenance services.
If your hearing loss is more severe and hearing aids can't help, a cochlear implant could be an option. Cochlear implants bypass damaged or dysfunctional parts of the inner ear and stimulate your hearing nerve directly.
Get the most effective treatments for hearing loss by calling Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. today, or booking an appointment online.