Not only older people suffer, but hearing loss is a risk that lurks at any age. However, there are treatments that go from hearing aids, hearing implants to reconstructive surgery with excellent results.
Hearing loss is the name that refers to the Otorhinolaryngology hearing loss. It can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and can occur at any age.
When hearing loss occurs in childhood implications they are very important, because language learning difficult. In the elderly is very common, affecting 30% of people over 65, 50% of those over 75 years and up to 80% of people over 80 years. In this age can cause the patient has a tendency to isolation, depression and cognitive impairment is higher in this group.
How do I know if I have hearing loss?
Diagnosis, and a otoscopic examination, requires performing audiometry. This is a test that takes an audiologist measuring patient responses to different sounds.
In other cases, they are more sophisticated means to reach a proper diagnosis as acoustic or potential hearing OAE, become more common in children. The correct diagnosis is essential to put the best treatment and most individualized possible to achieve a good result.
Each ear problem, a custom solution
Currently there are hearing implants for patients with different types of hearing loss, from mild to profound, and to bring back the hearing. Fully integrated implants in the patient are not seen, are completely under the skin and the patient can do all kinds of activities, including swimming, with these implants.
When resorting to surgery?
There are cases that are solved with surgery and in these cases the results are excellent. Surgeries that can be performed under local anesthesia and without hospitalization necesidada. In other cases, surgery is used for placement within the patient of the aforesaid implants.