Nearly 48 million Americans experience some type of hearing loss that affects their communication. There are various types of surgeries to restore hearing dependent upon your hearing loss. Surgery is a common treatment for hearing loss if the patient has a structural problem near or in their ear.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Hearing loss that occurs gradually as you age is very common with almost half of the U.S. over the age of 65 having some degree of hearing loss. You should consult a doctor if you experience a sudden loss of hearing or if difficulty hearing is interfering with your daily life.
· Muffling of speech and other sounds
· Trouble hearing consonants
· Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly, and loudly
· Withdrawal from conversations
· Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
· Avoidance of some social settings
Types of hearing loss includes:
· Conductive (involves the outer or middle ear)
· Sensorineural (involves inner ear)
· Mixed (combination of the two)
There are several types of surgeries including cochlear implants, stapedectomy, and tympanoplasty.
A cochlear implant is a small electronic device that consists of an internal receiver, which is surgically implanted just under the skin above the ear. The receiver connects to small devices that conduct electrical signals that are implanted in the inner ear. An external device that contains a microphone, battery pack, and speech processor is worn above the skin behind the ear. Cochlear implants bypass the malfunctioning part of the ear.
Stapedectomy is used when the cause of your hearing loss is otosclerosis, which is a condition that affects a bone in the middle ear called the stapes. This procedure removes the stapes and replaces it with a prosthetic part. The stapes is a small, wishbone-shaped bone. It plays a vital role in the flow of sound from the middle ear to the inner ear.
Tymphanoplasty repairs or replaces an injured eardrum. If the membrane of the eardrum is punctured or torn, surgeons can reconstruct the eardrum to restore hearing. The surgeon places a graft, which is made with healthy tissue from your body, on the eardrum to repair the injury.
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