Hearing loss can affect people of any age. As of 2004, over 275 million people around the world have moderate to profound hearing impairment according to the World Health Organization. With early treatment and proper management, however, a large percentage can be treated medically, surgically or through the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants.
What causes hearing loss?
Hearing impairment may be due to outer, middle or inner ear disorders, such as middle ear infections, viral infections of the inner ear and tumours affecting the hearing nerves. It can also be hereditary. Assessments are made to ascertain the degree of hearing loss and exclude serious causes. A range of behavioural and electrophysiological tests is available for adults and children and once diagnosed, appropriate treatment will be recommended based on the latest hearing technologies and medical interventions.
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Is prevention possible?
Almost half of all cases of deafness and acquired hearing impairment can be avoided through primary prevention such as reducing the exposure to loud noises and healthy ear and hearing care practices.
If hearing loss is affecting you or your loved ones, please seek early advice from our doctors. Click here to make an appointment today.