Hearing loss takes place with growing age and starts basically after the early 50s. It is broadly categories into three types;
Conductive- it affects outer or middle ear.
Sensorinerual- takes place at inner ear.
Mixed – involves outer, middle and inner ear.
It does not take place suddenly. It is in itself a gradual process that is accompanied by several signs and symptoms. Some of the major ones are listed below.
Muffling of sounds
Not hearing the sound clearly
Raising the volume of Tv or radio above the normal level.
Difficulty in distinguishing the sounds properly
Problem in understanding the words majorly against background noise
If you come across any of the above symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Yes, hearing loss takes place as you get older but apart from that there are other reasons as well;
Harm to the inner ear
Loud noise damage the hairs on nerve cells present in cochleathat transmit the sound signals to the brain. If these hairs are damaged electrical signals are not transferred properly that further becomes a reason for hearing-loss.
Gradual building of earwax is another major cause of hearing loss. Earwax blocks the ear canal and prohibits the conduction of sound waves. Removal of earwax restores hearing.
Ear infections and other abnormalities like bone-growth and tumors cause hearing loss. Basically, such abnormalities occur in the outer or middle ear.
Ottorhea is a kind of ear-discharge (release of any fluid) from ear. Our ears release ear wax that is oil produced naturally by our body. This ear wax prohibits the entry of dust, bacteria and other foreign materials from entering into the ear.
Apart from this, other abnormalities like ruptured ear drum lead to drainage of blood from ear. This is an indication that your ear has undergone an injury or severe infection.
Middle ear infection
Also called as ottis media, this a common reason of ear discharge. It takes place when foreign agents like viruses or bacteria enter into the middle ear. As the middle ear is positioned behind the ear drum, any infection in the middle ear can lead to accumulation of fluid in ear drum. Over accumulation of fluid results further into ear discharge.
Trauma to the ear canal can also result into ear discharge. Sudden increase in pressure which usually takes place while flying or scuba diving is too a major cause of ear-trauma, causing ear drum to rupture. Acoustic trauma is caused due to extremely loud noises.
Also called as ottis externa , it takes place due to the entry of fungus or bacteria into ear canal that further results into a severe ear infection. It usually takes place when someone spends long span in water as moisture in ear canal can damage it.
For people who have undergone severe hearing loss or any form of inner-ear damage, cochlear implant is the most ultimate solution. It is an electronic device that partially restores hearing. If you have not been benefitted from any hearing aid yet, cochlear implant is there to sort your all worries.
It is different from all other conventional hearing aids which amplify sounds. It does not involve any process of sound-amplification but sets the damaged portions of the ear on job to deliver sound signals to the auditory or hearing nerve.
It is technologically advanced equipment and also uses a sound processor that fits behind the ear. There exists a receiver that has a role to transfer signals to electrodes implanted in the inner ear, also called cochlea. These signals stimulate the auditory nerve which further transfers them to the brain. Now, the brain interprets these signals as sounds.
The sound that we are referring to is different from the one that we know as normal hearing. Our brain also needs a course of time to get familiar with these signals received from cochlear implant. Initially, there arrive certain issues but within a span of six to eight months, a patient gets immensely comfortable with cochlear implant and regains his hearing
The audiology vertical at AHRI Gwalior is the best institute in the region to undergo cochlear implant. With a team of highly qualified and well-experienced doctors, the institute offers diagnostic evaluations to people having speech, hearing, language, and communication difficulties. It is committed to ensuring excellent outcomes for the patients by the effective use of technology, taking care of their satisfaction and safety as well.
Being pioneered in Madhya Pradesh, the audiology vertical at AHRI Gwalior provides the best cochlear implant accompanied by the best possible care, and that too at nominal expenses.