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Hearing Loss Treatments

Published 21/08/2020

Can hearing loss be cured?

Some hearing loss is temporary, however, most forms of hearing loss are permanent and need an early diagnosis for treatment to be successful and to help you hear better again.  In this article, we discuss the options that are available from both your local ENT clinic and audiologist.

Sensorineural hearing loss treatment

Sensorineural is a type of hearing loss that is permanent.  The hair cells that are damaged can't be repaired.  People suffering from this type of hearing loss, are generally advised to wear hearing aids by an audiologist.  In some circumstances, cochlear implants are recommended instead.  Either way, your audiologist will discuss what treatment to take based on your specific hearing loss needs.

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The hearing aids of today are highly advanced and can be personalised to cater for your own unique hearing loss.  Amplifying the sounds you need to hear better, as well as reducing those that you don't.  Hearing aids can be worn behind the ear or in the ear, it all depends on what level of hearing loss you have - or in some cases - what shape your inner ear canal is for ITE hearing aids to sit comfortably and safely.

Find out more about hearing aid types here

Conductive hearing loss treatment

Conductive hearing loss is generally caused by a condition in the outer or middle ear - this is usually temporary.  It is quite common that a build-up of earwax is the culprit, as well as fluid in the middle ear, a perforated eardrum or 'wet ear'.

This form of hearing loss is commonly treated medically at your ENT clinic.  However, if all efforts to sort the problem are exhausted - or the hearing loss is a mix of both sensorineural and conductive - then other options like hearing aids are usually advised.

Hearing Loss Treatments:  Hearing Aids

How do hearing aids work?

Generally, all hearing aids are constructed the same, but they have big differences in the quality of sound captured and clarity of speech understanding.  For instance, the better the quality of hearing aid - the more realistic the listening experience will be.  Below is a breakdown of how a hearing aid works.

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Hearing Aid Breakdown

What's inside a hearing aid?  How does a hearing aid work?

Small microphones pick up the sounds around you

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These sounds are analysed by a processing chip

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These processed sounds are then sent to the amplifier

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Amplified sounds are then sent to the loudspeaker

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Then the sounds are sent by the loudspeaker into the inner ear, through tubing in an ear mould in the ear canal, or through a thin wire to a receiver in the ear

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In the inner ear, these sounds switch to electrical impulses

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Impulses are finally sent to the brain where they are processed into the sounds you hear

I think I have hearing loss.  What should I expect from my hearing test?

  1. Once you've booked in to see your audiologist you will be asked to give a brief history of your health and hearing.  This is so they can organise and tailor-make your hearing test or audiogram to your specifications and health history. 
  2. Your audiologist will then do a visual examination of your ears to check for any problems that might need a referral to an ENT clinic or whether you have any earwax blockages.
  3. Then your audiologist will perform an audiogram or hearing test to establish the level of your hearing and hearing loss with a series of tests.  Tests that will check tone, speech and word recognition.
  4. You will then receive the results of your audiogram and your audiologist will carefully go through them, so you gain the best understanding of your hearing loss.  They will then recommend treatment and hearing solutions with you.

Find out more about how audiograms work here

Find out more about our free at-home hearing tests here

Find out more about our free at-home hearing aid fittings here

Hearing loss support

It is important to remember that if you think you have any form of hearing loss you need to seek medical help urgently.  Help, support and treatment is available locally to you - either through the NHS or with a private audiologist.  Contact one of our audiologists for any advice on your hearing loss or hearing healthcare concerns free on 0800 567 7621

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