Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss
We rely on our hearing in all types of situations, leading our lives to be gravely impacted if hearing loss sets in from aging, illness, injury, or heredity. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from hearing loss, and here at Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, we can help—read on to learn more.
Types of Hearing Loss
There are several types of hearing loss, each one associated with damage to specific areas of the ear. Types of hearing loss include:
- Conductive: Associated with damage to the eardrum, middle ear, or ear canal, this hearing loss can be the result of ear fluid in the middle ear, a punctured eardrum, an ear infection, allergies, or congenital abnormalities in the ear.
- Sensorineural: Associated with damage to the inner ear and auditory nerve. This can be due to aging, a viral infection, head injuries, disease, genetics, or exposure to loud noises.
- Mixed: Associated with damage to the inner, middle, or outer ear. The damage results in both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
- Central: Sometimes referred to as central auditory processing disorder. This type of hearing loss is caused by the failure of the central nervous system to send the brain recognizable signals.
Treatments for Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can be treated in several ways. The type of treatment used will depend on the specific type and extent of hearing loss, as well as the cause of it. At our office in Montgomery, hearing loss can be treated with antibiotics, corticosteroids, ear tubes, hearing aids, myringotomy, or surgery. Our doctors can discuss appropriate treatment options with you.
Preventing Hearing Loss
It might not be possible to completely prevent hearing gloss, particularly the type that develops with aging, however, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself. Some ways to do this is to minimize your exposure to loud noises and to wear earplugs or another type of protection for your ears, especially if you work in a noisy environment or plan to attend a concert.
It is also best to seek treatment for sinus or ear infections when they occur to prevent infection-related hearing loss. Additionally, regularly scheduling visits with an ear, nose and throat specialist is extremely helpful. After all, having your ears regularly examined makes it possible to detect problems early on before they progress and lead to major hearing loss.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Vaughan or Dr. Morgan, contact Central Alabama ENT Associates in Montgomery, AL, today at (334) 277-0484.