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.
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.
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.
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.
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.