Ear Problems? Learn all

Written by: Dr. Xabier Altuna Mariezcurrena
Edited by: Top Doctors®

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.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Xabier Altuna Mariezcurrena

Prestigious ENT specialist, Dr. Altuna Mariezcurrena is an expert in surgery of the middle ear and hearing implants among other treatments. Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Navarra and, d ince 2007, combines this activity with her ​​work as Chief of Otolaryngology at the Hospital Donostia. Since 2005 it is one of the specialists of the Department of Otolaryngology of the Gipuzkoa Polyclinic. Member of numerous medical and scientific societies. He has also participated as an author and second author on many communications congress national and international prestige.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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