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Friday, 9 November 2012

Hearing Loss: A Disease to worry about

The most sensitive organ of the human body is ear. Any kind of injury or bad treatment can affect one or more parts of ear, leading to hearing impairment or hearing loss. Hearing Impairment is described as the decrease in the ability of the ears and its other parts to perceive as well as detect sounds. It can happen either suddenly or gradually. It is the common problem that mostly comes with aging. However, the problem has been seen among people of young age or since birth. There are several factors that are responsible for the hearing impairment.

The causes of the disease are many like aging, exposure to excessive noise, injury, tumors or heredity and many others. But it has been categorised into two forms: conductive or Sensorineural. A conductive hearing impairment occurs when the sound stops reaching the inner ear. It can be occurred due to disorder in external ear, dysfunction of the eardrum or tiny inner bones. The main cause of the impairment is build of wax inside the ear, hole in the ear and others. Sensorineural hearing loss results from disorder of the inner ear. Because of the damaged inner nerves, sound signal do not reach to the hearing centre in the brain. This type of hearing impairment occurs as we grow older due to the damage hair cells. The main reason for this type of loss is long exposure to loud noise.

Other than noise there are other factors that can cause hearing impairment. There are some medications that can cause a hearing loss. The side – effects of painkillers like Vicodin is loss of hearing. You must check in with your doctor that you are not taking the drug from a long period of time. Even if you are taking it’s the time to stop and ask for alternative.

There are some genetic factors when it comes to hearing impairment as well. A hearing aid is what many doctors recommend to people.  It is easily inserted in the ear and enables you to hear the sound by amplifying it.  The same should not be used without the prescription of doctors.

2 comments:

Poushali Mukherjee said...

Thanks for informative article. There are some Hearing aid clinic in Kolkata who provides Hearing Loss Treatment. Hope to see more informative article from you.

Gourab Misra said...

Thanks for sharing such useful information. Keep up the good work. I have found some interesting information on Hearing Loss Treatment.

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