Hearing Impairment

Introduction and first type of hearing loss

There are 3 types of hearing impairment that we are going to discuss in this post. The reason for me picking hearing impairment is because my fiance is hearing impaired. One type of hearing impairment that we’re going to look at is called conductive hearing loss. This type of hearing impairment is due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and its little bones (the malleus, incus, and stapes).

There are several causes for this type of hearing loss. I will briefly go over a few of those here and then post a link so that you can see the rest of them. The first cause is malformation of outer ear, ear canal, or middle ear structure. The second cause of this type of hearing impairment is fluid in the middle ear from colds. If you would like to see more causes of Conductive Hearing Loss you may visit this link https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/hearing-loss-basics/types-causes-and-treatment/ and be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience anything out of the ordinary.

Treatments for Conductive Hearing Loss

What are the treatments for conductive hearing loss? There are 3 types of treatments for this type of hearing impairment. The first treatment is surgery that may correct the hearing loss that is due to the congenital absence of ear canal or failure of the ear canal to be open at birth, congenital absence, malformation, or dysfunction of the middle ear structures (i.e. from head trauma), and otosclerosis. The second type of treatment is amplification may be a solution with the use of a bone-conduction hearing aid, or a surgically implanted, osseointegrated device (for example, the Baha or Ponto System), or a conventional hearing aid, depending on the status of the hearing nerve. The last type of treatment is antibiotic or antifungal medications are used to treat chronic ear infections, or chronic middle fluid. Tumors usually require surgery though.

Second Type of Hearing Loss

The second type of hearing impairment that I will talk about is called Sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is due to problems of the inner ear, also known as nerve-related hearing loss. So what exactly are the causes of this hearing loss? One cause is aging (presbycusis). Another cause is Hereditary. If you would like to see more you may visit https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/hearing-loss-basics/types-causes-and-treatment/ for more causes of this type of hearing loss.

Treatment for Sensorineural Hearing Loss

So what is the treatment for this type of hearing impairment? There are several types of treatment that I will list and then post the link for you to see the descriptions of all the treatments. The treatments are: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss, corticosteroids, sensorineural hearing loss, bilateral progressive hearing loss, fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss, sensorineural hearing loss from disease and irreversible sensorineural hearing loss. You may see the descriptions of these types of treatments here: https://www.hearingloss.org/hearing-help/hearing-loss-basics/types-causes-and-treatment/ and talk to your doctor if you believe that any of this will help you.

Third type of Hearing Loss

The final type of hearing impairment I want to discuss is called Mixed Hearing Loss. What is mixed hearing loss? It is known to be caused by a combination of conductive damage in the outer or middle ear and sensorineural damage in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve.

Treatment for Mixed Hearing Loss

What are the treatments for Mixed Hearing Loss? First, audiologists recommend taking care of the conductive component. There have been times when the addition of the conductive component made the person a better hearing aid candidate, by flattening out the audiogram. For example, while the underlying sensorineural component presented a high-frequency loss, it was believed that the person was a better hearing aid candidate. However, the emphasis would still be on treating medically what can be treated. Generally, you would expect positive results.

Conclusion

Being with someone for almost 12 years who is hearing impaired has taught me a lot. Usually I am the type of person who is soft spoken but have learned that in order to talk to my fiance that I need to speak louder sometimes. I also have had to learn that I need to speak clearly when talking to my fiance. I have known about hearing impairments all my life but never knew that there were different kinds of hearing impairment.

As you can tell from this post that there are several different types of hearing loss. There are also many different treatments as well. I advise you that if you are experiencing issues with your hearing to talk to your doctor. You and your doctor are a team that need to work together to figure out how to best help you with your hearing loss.

Want to know what it’s like to be with someone who is hearing impaired? Want to know how you can help someone who is hearing impaired? Feel free to message me and I would be glad to talk to you. As always I am here to talk if you ever need someone to talk to.

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