What are the treatment options for deafness?

Treatment for deafness and hearing loss depends on the type and why it occurred. For certain types of hearing loss there is no cure, but there are many tools, management strategies, and accommodative services available that allow people who are deaf to lead quality lives.
 
Potential treatments, management strategies, and tools for hearing loss and deafness include:
 
  • Hearing aids do not work for everyone who is deaf or suffering from hearing loss. If one’s hearing impairment is due to inner ear damage, a hearing aid may be beneficial. Hearing aids work by amplifying sound so it is easier to hear. 
  • Cochlear implants are indicated for people with severe hearing loss. They work by compensating for the non-functional or damaged parts of one’s ear. Not everyone is eligible for them. They also require surgery. They are used when hearing loss or deafness is caused by hair cell damage in the cochlea. 
  • Surgery may be indicated after traumatic ear injury or repeated infections to fix any damaged parts of the ear. 
  • Sign language is a language using hand gestures, facial expressions, and body posture rather than spoken sound. Many people who are deaf communicate with sign language. It is a vital part of deaf culture and the deaf community. 
  • Lip reading may be beneficial to people who have become hearing impaired or deaf after they have learned to speak a spoken language. They may then learn to read someone’s lip, tongue, and facial movements to understand what they are saying. 
 
* For people that are deaf or hard of hearing, it is important that accommodations are provided for them at school or in the workplace. Many presentations, concerts, and other activities may have a sign language interpreter so that people who are deaf are able to understand whatever the presenter is saying.*
 
 
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Sources:
  • "Hearing loss." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 03 Sep. 2015. Web. 19 Sep. 2017.
  • “Deafness and hearing loss: Causes, symptoms, and treatments.” MedicalNewsToday. Healthline Media, 01 Sep. 2017. Web. 19 Sep. 2017. 

 

From Our Blog: Understanding Hearing Loss & Cochlear Implants

While most patients find relief through the use of hearing aids, sometimes these devices are not enough to combat the effects of hearing loss. Many patients suffering from severe or profound hearing loss find relief through a cochlear implant, a small assistive hearing device that helps provide a sense of sound. Since being approved by the FDA in the 1980s, more than 188,000 patients have received cochlear implants.

understanding hearing loss & cochlear implants infographic


 

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