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After the Hearing Test: How Hearing Loss Can Be Treated

April 27, 2016

A hearing test is the first step in figuring out whether or not your hearing loss needs to be treated. There are several types of hearing loss including conductive, sensorineural and mixed, and treatment can vary greatly depending on which type you have. Before learning about the treatment options for hearing loss, it’s important that you have an understanding of the three types of hearing loss.

If a hearing test and doctor consultation revealed that you have conductive hearing loss, treatments can vary greatly depending on the cause.
  • If the cause of your conductive hearing loss is a malformation, dysfunctional middle ear structure or congenital absence, you will most likely need surgery to correct the issue. Many doctors may suggest first trying a hearing aid before resorting to surgery.
  • Another cause of conductive hearing loss is infection. With an acute infection, the hearing loss can be treated with antibiotics, however chronic ear infections may require surgery.
  • Head trauma can also cause conductive hearing loss and require surgery to repair any damage done to the inner ear structure.
  • Otosclerosis, a condition where a bony fixation blocks sound from traveling to the middle ear, is either treated with surgery or the help of a hearing aid.
Because there are so many different causes and treatments of conductive hearing loss, it’s always important to discuss your treatment options with a doctor.

If the results of a hearing test and a doctor’s examination determine that your hearing loss is sensorineural, there are various treatment options available, depending on the cause of your hearing loss:
  • When the cause is exposure to loud music, corticosteroids can be used to reduce the inner ear swelling and help you regain the ability to hear.
  • Emergency surgery is typically needed for sensorineural hearing loss caused by head trauma or a sudden descent, such as those in emergency airplane landings.
  • Corticosteroids and drug therapy can be used to treat autoimmune inner ear disease that causes sensorineural hearing loss. With this condition, the immune system mistakenly attacks the inner ear structure, causing impaired hearing.
  • Unfortunately, irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type diagnosed after a hearing test. For this condition, you must manage your hearing loss with hearing aids or cochlear implants, depending on the severity.
If you have been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss after undergoing a hearing test, be sure to talk to your doctor about the different treatment options available.

Some physicians recommend treating the conductive hearing loss issues before moving on to sensorineural. Talk to your doctor about a treatment plant that best suits your individual needs.

If your loss of hearing requires the use of a hearing aid, contact Resonance Hearing Aids with any questions or concerns that you may have. The team of experts at Resonance Hearing Aids is standing by to help match you to the hearing aid that best suits your individual needs and lifestyle.