“How is hearing loss treated?”. It’s usually the first question people ask when they realise their hearing isn’t what it used to be. Let’s explore the most common treatment options.
How is hearing loss treated?
Most types of hearing damage are permanent, which generally means that hearing loss cannot be reversed. While there is no “cure” for hearing loss, there are several treatment options available that may help improve your hearing. It is important to speak to an audiology professional to determine the severity of your hearing loss and what type of treatment may best suit you.
Hearings aids can help individuals with hearing loss by amplifying sound, increasing clarity and facilitating improved communication. It can also assist tinnitus (ringing in the ears) by masking its effects. With ever-changing technology, hearing aids have become more sophisticated and are available in many different styles and sizes. In order to ensure that amplification is as natural and responsive as possible, hearing aids are customised to a person’s particular pattern of hearing loss.
Freedom Hearing has access to the latest hearing aid technology. Our friendly audiology professionals will test your hearing and work with you to understand your lifestyle and budget to recommend the best hearing devices to suit your hearing needs.
A cochlear implant is a medical device which is surgically implanted into the cochlear, and worn with an external sound processor. A cochlear implant provides signals to the brain by converting sound to electrical signals that directly stimulate the auditory nerve via multiple electrodes. Hearing aids are effective for most people with hearing loss and cochlear implants are best suited to individuals who do not benefit from conventional hearing aids or who suffer from severe levels of hearing loss.
Bone conduction and middle ear implants can be surgically implanted to overcome a conductive hearing loss or a single-sided deafness. Similar to the cochlear implant, an external sound processor converts sound energy into mechanical energy, and directly stimulates the middle ear.
Individuals with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders can use a variety of mechanisms to help cope with their hearing loss. Special sound systems can help transmit infrared or FM to radio signals to help people hear where there could be excess noise. Visual signals or supports, such as captions or subtitles, are now also widely available. People with hearing loss can also use lip-reading to help discriminate between sounds and might also use sign language to communicate.
If you are impacted by hearing loss, book a free hearing assessment now to discuss the best solution for your lifestyle.