What is the best treatment of hearing loss?
The approach to treating hearing loss varies based on its type and severity, with conductive and sensorineural being the main categories. Conductive hearing loss, resulting from blockages or damage in the outer or middle ear due to earwax, fluid, infections, ruptured eardrums, or bone hardening, is often treatable with ear wax removal, medications, or surgery.
Sensorineural loss, on the other hand, stems from inner ear damage or nerve pathway issues caused by aging, noise, certain drugs, head trauma, Meniere’s disease, or genetics. While it’s irreversible, treatments like hearing aids and auditory rehabilitation can improve hearing and communication. Hearing aids amplify sound according to individual needs. At the same time, aural rehabilitation includes therapy for coping with hearing loss, using hearing aids or cochlear implants effectively, and skills for noisy environments and lip reading. Additional self-management includes using assistive listening devices, learning effective communication strategies, and protecting remaining hearing with earplugs to mitigate loud noise exposure. These measures collectively enhance communication for individuals with hearing loss, supporting an active lifestyle.