Hearing Update: “Could You Speak Up, Please?”
There’s Help for Hearing Loss
It’s frustrating to be unable to hear well enough to enjoy talking with friends or family. Hearing disorders make life more difficult. But they can often be helped.
What causes hearing loss?
- Ear infections and meningitis
- Certain medicines
- Long-term loud noise exposure
There are two main types of hearing loss. One happens when your inner ear or auditory nerve is damaged. This type is permanent. The other kind happens when sound waves cannot reach your inner ear. Earwax build-up, fluid or a punctured eardrum can cause it. Untreated, hearing problems can get worse. If you have trouble hearing, see your doctor. Possible treatments include hearing aids, cochlear implants, special training, medication and surgery.