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Compared to vision or sight, hearing is a sense of secondary value or class. Most people tend to give lesser importance to hearing than vision, which results in delayed identification and treatment of hearing loss and hearing problems. Majority of people have problems understanding or realize quite late that they have hearing problems.

Again, many of them delay treatment in spite of realizing their problems, not knowing that gradual ebbing of their hearing abilities can give rise to various problems in their daily life and even wreck havoc sometimes.

Conductive Hearing Loss

Depending on the status and degree, surgery and some types of hearing technologies can be used to treat Conductive Hearing Loss such as Bone Conduction Hearing Aids, Bone Anchored Hearing Devices, surgically implanted Osseointegrated Device and Middle Ear Implants. If, however, some infection is the cause of Conductive hearing loss, then certain antibiotics or antifungal medications can be used as treatments.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Technologies such as Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Hybrid Cochlear Implants can help reduce the effects of having Sensorineural Hearing Loss. However, Cochlear Implants are recommended only when all other options have failed.

Mixed Hearing Loss

In case of Mixed hearing loss, it is most often recommended to treat the Conductive part first, because there have been times when treating only this component made the person hear better when accompanied with hearing aids.

What Should You Do?

In Case Of Adults:

1) Consult a qualified/certified audiologist immediately if you feel that you are experiencing hearing/speech understanding problems, especially after 50-55 years. Get your ears checked without fail.

2) If you think you’ve got sensorineural hearing loss and your audiologist recommends hearing aids, please do so without neglecting the same.

In Case Of Children:

1) If you see that your child is a late talker, then consult an audiologist and conduct tests like BERA/IBR, ASSR and OAE. These tests can determine if your child has hearing loss and if yes, what the extent of that loss is.

2) Approximately 3 in 1000 children suffer from hearing loss and 50% of it happens from idiopathic or unknown reasons. Hence, if you see that your child isn’t responding to sounds like claps or door thud within 3 months, then make sure to conduct OAE test without delay.

3) If your child experiences pronunciation problems even after age 3.5, then take him/her to an audiologist at once for a hearing test.

Always remember, ‘early identification means early intervention.’


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