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How Is Sensorineural Hearing Loss Treated?

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A lot of people don't know that there are a variety of treatments for sensorineural hearing loss. This condition is often caused by a malfunction in the hair cells in the inner ear and can lead to difficulties with understanding speech or following conversations in noisy environments. The good news is that there are many options available for treating this hearing loss. Here are some treatments that may be right for you, so keep reading.

Hearing Aids

When it comes to hearing loss, there are two types: conductive and sensorineural. Sensorineural involves damage or changes to the nerve fibers inside the cochlea of your inner ear. This is how you lose your ability to hear high-frequency sounds generally used in speech comprehension. Treatment for this type often includes a combination of medications, surgery or hearing aids if treatment fails at the first attempt.

Hearing aids come in different shapes and sizes, so you must find one that fits comfortably, feels natural on the ear and looks aesthetically pleasing on your face or ears. It also needs to work with situations such as social interactions, water sports and noisy places.

You will need regular check-ups from a qualified audiologist, who will provide advice about new technological advancements like wireless streaming capabilities or better listening when watching TV programs. Don't be afraid to ask questions about your device because this helps you get more out of using it. Hearing aids are a great way of helping you cope with hearing loss and help your loved ones feel more comfortable talking to you because they can better understand what you hear or don't hear at all.

Hearing aids help treat sensorineural hearing loss in both ears and can be used to improve your hearing for the rest of your life. In addition, you will learn more about technological advancements like wireless streaming capabilities or better listening when watching TV programs at each appointment.

Sign Language

Many techniques can be used to help you communicate with someone who has lost their hearing. One example is sign language, which allows people to make gestures and hand movements to express themselves without the need for sound or voice. This means they may also hear it when other people say this, even though they will not understand what it says if they do not know how the words should look on paper.

Sign language can be beneficial for those experiencing hearing disabilities. Still, it is crucial to remember that people who lose their hearing entirely cannot be taught how to understand words by reading lips or watching video signing.

People who have to deal with this problem daily may also find it helpful to learn sign language beforehand to communicate more efficiently and avoid unnecessary misunderstandings. This would be especially helpful when you consider that children will need effective communication in school and could quickly become frustrated if their teacher cannot understand them or vice versa. Meanwhile, adults could end up avoiding talking altogether due to embarrassment when they cannot express themselves adequately.

Cochlear Implants

One treatment option for sensorineural hearing loss is a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant allows some people to hear a sound by sending signals from an electronic device directly into the auditory nerve, bypassing damaged portions of the outer and middle ear. Cochlear implants are most effective for people who have some functional hearing, even if they can't hear well.

Cochlear implants are not helpful for people with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears. This is because there's no hearing nerve function on which the implant can piggyback. However, evidence suggests that certain types of bilateral cochlear implants may benefit more than traditional devices. For example, studies show that cochlear implants improve speech understanding, especially when multiple talkers or background noise is present and help you better understand your surroundings and participate socially.

The treatment options depend on how much you're able to hear before getting an implant, as well as what kind of sound processing the device provides.

Several treatments for sensorineural hearing loss are available, but the best course will depend on your case and needs. For some people, treatment can be limited to wearing hearing aids or using assistive listening devices. Other patients might need surgery to help improve their condition. Since there is no cure for this type of problem, you must work closely with your doctor during all stages of diagnosis and treatment so that they can create an effective plan customized for you. 

To book your appointment with Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center, call us today at 401-475-6116 to find the right hearing aid device for your needs.