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Accepting the problem of hearing loss is obviously the first step towards treating the problem, but it can also be the most helpful because acknowledging the issue can lead to fast solutions. If the type of hearing loss is identified immediately, then the appropriate solutions with hearing instruments or medical procedures can be quickly implemented.


Hearing Loss By Nathan Oelker


Types of hearing loss Conductive hearing loss results from an obstruction in the ear canal, tympanic membrane (the eardrum) or the middle ear that keeps sound from successfully reaching the inner ear. This problem can be caused by an ear infection, tumor, fluid or an object, such as wax buildup or foreign items in the ear.


Sensorineural hearing loss usually results from damage to the cells in the inner ear, and other potential causes include damage to the hearing-employed eighth nerve or the brain. Age-related changes to the nerves and sensory cells of the inner ear, prolonged loud sound exposure or inherited traits are often responsible for this variety of hearing loss.


Mixed hearing loss is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, where problems may exist in the outer or middle ear along with the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve. This variety can be caused by a head injury, chronic infection or inherited disorder.


Possible solutions for different types For mild to moderate hearing loss, especially with nerve-related issues, a hearing aid can be the simplest solution. For example, Sound World Solutions’ feature-filled CS10 Personal Sound Amplifier delivers superb sound quality and speech intelligibility, and offers Bluetooth connectivity, a customizer app for use with Android smartphones and a comfortable customizable fit. Its clarity control proprietary sound quality algorithm also cleans up distortion from increased volume.


For more severe hearing loss that requires a medical procedure or surgical operation, cochlear implants or direct bone conduction implants can provide the best solutions. Everyone’s situation is different, so for these matters, it’s always best to contact an ear, nose and throat specialist as soon as possible. This diagnosis will prevent the dangers of untreated hearing loss, such as depression, anxiety, poor relationships with family or friends, unemployment or underemployment, a sense of insecurity in social or conversational situations or a misconception that a person has mental health issues or limited intelligence. Most importantly, treating hearing loss at the first sign allows for continued access to the surrounding world, giving a person the most out of life.


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