A Cure for Hearing Loss?

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With all the medical advancements in recent times, there is a general assumption that a cure for hearing loss has been discovered. Unfortunately, the answer currently remains ‘No’.

Presently, there are no cures available for hearing impairment, despite major advancements in research that has put a “cure” in a much better position than we were five years ago. There have been many kinds of research and studies conducted to resolve hearing loss. While there are treatments and surgeries available depending on the severity of hearing loss, the steps to take is largely dependent on the type or types of hearing disorders, given they differ so greatly from person to person.

Hearing Loss Contributors

  1. Age is one of the key factors that gradually lead to hearing impairment.Generally, levels of hearing loss are usually for people between the ages of 55 and 64;
  2. No matter how young or old you may be, excessive noise exposure leads to Tinnitus, which is a case of moderate hearing loss;
  3. Chronic or acute ear infections – whereby some chronic ear infections do not heal and end up affecting the space behind the eardrums, sometimes permanently. This could be due to a buildup of fluid, earwax buildup, abnormal bone growth in the middle ear and so on;
  4. If one is affected by viral infections like measles or mumps;
  5. Usage of certain prescribed drugs may lead to hearing impairment too. Interestingly, there are a reported 450 Ototoxic drugs and prescriptions that can cause hyperacusis and tinnitus. Some of the drugs include aminoglycosides, certain cancer medications, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.

Apart from these common causes, there are several others too, like genetic disorders, Meningitis, Diabetes, High fever, injury and so on.

Hearing Loss Prevention Tips

  1. Avoid the obvious –  such as exposure to excessively loud music – if this is an option. Even during concerts and events, try and move away from the sources of music and noises. If you have to attend one of those mandatory weekend parties with blasting music, we suggest you give your hearing about 18 hours to recover. If excessive noise is unavoidable due to your occupation, or work environment, take steps to protect your hearing with the appropriate safety gear. Sometimes, there’s very little you can do to avoid loud noises, especially when it becomes a part of your daily routine. In such instances, wear some kind of hearing protection like earplugs or earmuffs to protect your ears from loud noises.
    Many people attempt to clean their ears with foreign objects. Note that such objects can cause injury leading to an infection that in turn results in hearing disorder.
  2. Treatment – get treatment for ear infections immediately. If you are complaining about constant ear pain and ear infections, don’t wait to consult a doctor immediately.
  3. Medications – know your medications well. Some antibiotics, chemotherapy agents, as well as high doses of aspirin, can affect the ears. So, if you are taking over the counter medications, be aware of the side effects and if they are prescription drugs, ask your doctor for an alternate option if there’s any possible.

That’s not all – there are several, very common unhealthy habits that lead to hearing damage too, such as smoking. Most people who smoke tend to ignore, or they are unaware of the fact that their smoking habits could eventually lead to hearing loss. Certain types of food consumed as well as little or no exercise can also be contributors, leading to conditions such as heart disease or diabetes which greatly contribute to hearing loss.

Although the future looks brighter, a single cure to hearing loss is difficult. You may not be in control of all the above factors, but under the current circumstances, prevention is better than cure. In view of this, hearing aids and cochlear implants remain the best treatments and prevention measures.