The Importance of Not Putting Off Treatment for Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects about 20% of the population in the United States — 48 million people — and is twice as common in men as in women. There are several different types of hearing loss, but they all lead to the same isolation that comes with not being able to audibly make out the world around you. However, with the right treatment, you can actively take part in your life rather than sitting on the sidelines in a world of muted sound.

The team at Marlowe & Marrs Ear, Nose & Throat - Center for Hearing specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing loss in our patients in Sarasota, Florida. Through extensive testing, we can get to the bottom of your hearing loss and bring the sounds of joy back into your life.

Here’s a look at why it’s important to seek help at the first signs of hearing loss.

The breakdown of hearing

There are several types of hearing loss, including:

Conductive hearing loss: This type affects your ear canal, eardrum, or middle ear and can be brought about by several conditions, including an infection, a birth defect, and blockage. Even fluid buildup from a common cold can temporarily lead to this type of hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss: This form of hearing loss stems from nerve problems in your inner ear, which can be brought about by age, prolonged exposure to loud noises, and traumas and disease, to name the most common culprits.

Mixed hearing loss: As the name implies, this hearing problem stems from a combination of the two types above — conductive and sensorineural.

Beyond hearing

The reason it’s so important to have us test, and treat, any type of hearing loss is because the loss of this valuable sense puts you at risk of developing a host of serious and life-changing complications, including:

Hearing loss also puts you more at risk of accidents, such as collisions and falls.

Getting to the bottom of it

The first order of business when you come in is to figure out what’s at the root of your hearing loss. Through comprehensive and painless testing at our state-of-the-art center, we can identify the underlying cause, which allows us to come up with the best plan for your unique issues and goals.

If your loss of hearing comes from an infection or blockage (earwax, for example), we work to clear up the infection or remove the obstacle. But not all hearing loss is that easily treated. In many cases, hearing loss is irreversible, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve your current situation and prevent the loss from progressing.

Listen up

We offer several solutions that restore your hearing, allowing you to lead a healthy, active life long into the future. Two common surgical strategies are cochlear implants and the Baha procedure.

While many people shudder at the thought of getting hearing aids, today’s devices are a far cry from the bulky ones of a few decades ago. These tiny little devices are barely noticeable and, as small as they are, they deliver enormous benefits. Imagine being able to hear the conversations around you at the dinner table, to be in on the joke, and to laugh when your child or grandchild whispers something in your ear.

Don’t let hearing loss rob you of your life. Call us to learn more about our hearing loss treatment options or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

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