Denver Nerve Deafness Specialists
More than 25 million Americans have hearing disorders. Hearing loss is our nation’s number one handicapping disability. Most suffer needlessly, because most, perhaps some 90% could be helped medically, surgically, or through amplification.
The most prevalent form of hearing impairment is nerve deafness or sensorineural hearing loss.
MYTHS ABOUT NERVE DEAFNESS:
Patients are often told there is no help for people with sensorineural hearing loss. Actually, the vast majority with this type of hearing problem can be helped.
CAUSES OF NERVE DEAFNESS:
1. Exposure to loud or persistent noise and
2. Presbycusis, the high frequency hearing loss that occurs with advancing age.
3. Meniere’s Disease, in which the inner ear fluid is increased in amount, produces intermittent or fluctuating hearing impairment.
4. Virus infections such as mumps or measles
5. Heredity, meningitis and other illnesses
6. Use of certain drugs, head injuries
7. Lows on the ear
8. Birth defects
9. Circulatory disturbances
11. Metabolic defects.
THERE IS HELP:
If you or someone close to you suspects a hearing problem, your first step should be to obtain an accurate hearing test from a certified Harvard Park Hearing audiologist or certified technician.
If you have questions or would like more information about nerve deafness, please feel free to ask any of the staff in our office.
WHAT TO DO:
If you or someone close to you suspects a hearing problem, your first step should be to obtain an accurate hearing test from a certified audiologist or certified technician. (The audiologist is a professional suited by training and experience to measure hearing accurately and to assist in rehabilitation of hearing losses that are not medically correctable). An otologist or otolaryngologist, a physician who diagnoses and treats ear problems should then evaluate you. The doctor will determine the type and extent of your hearing disorder and whether it can be treated medically or surgically. If you can benefit from a hearing aid, he will refer you back to the certified audiologist.
Use of a hearing aid is perhaps the most important factor in rehabilitating people with nerve hearing disorders. Over the past 10-20 years, great technological advances have been made in the design and manufacture of hearing aids and also in the selection of particular aids for different types of hearing losses.
A hearing aid won’t cure deafness any more than glasses will cure poor eyesight (in both cases, the deficiency remains when the aiding device is removed). Nor will it enable people to hear just as they did before the onset of the hearing loss. A hearing aid is a miraculous instrument, however, and if fitted by a knowledgeable professional, can assist most people with nerve deafness to hear a great deal better. This is an important first step in re-establishing the individual’s social, economic, and emotional well being.
If you have questions or would like more information about nerve deafness, please feel free to ask any of the staff in our office. REMEMBER, people with nerve deafness can be helped. If you find yourself shouting in conversations, turning the TV or radio too loud, asking people to repeat, pretending to hear because you are embarrassed to ask for another repetition, favoring one ear or straining to hear, laughing at a joke even though you didn’t hear the punch line, avoiding certain people or situations because of difficulty communicating, you may have a hearing disorder. Most hearing handicaps can be corrected. Don’t be one of the millions who suffer needlessly and in loneliness. If you or someone you love suspects a problem, arrange for a hearing checkup immediately.