Treatment for temporary or reversible hearing loss usually depends on the cause of the hearing loss. Treatment for permanent hearing loss includes using hearing devices or hearing implants.
Although you and your family may view permanent hearing loss as part of aging, proper treatment is important. Hearing loss may contribute to loneliness, Reference depression Opens New Window, and loss of independence. Treatment cannot bring back your hearing, but it can make communication, social interaction, and work and daily activities easier and more enjoyable.
Treatment for reversible hearing loss depends on its cause. It is often treated successfully. Hearing loss caused by:
- Reference Ototoxic medicines (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) often improves after you stop taking the medicine.
- An Reference ear infection, such as a middle ear infection, often clears up on its own, but you may need antibiotics.
- An Reference injury to the ear or head may heal on its own, or you may need surgery.
- Reference Otosclerosis Opens New Window, Reference acoustic neuroma Opens New Window, or Reference Ménière's disease Opens New Window may require medicine or surgery.
- An autoimmune problem may be treated with Reference corticosteroid Opens New Window medicines, generally prednisone.
- Earwax is treated by removing the wax. Do not use a cotton swab or a sharp object to try to remove the wax. This may push the wax even deeper into the ear or may cause injury. For information on how to remove hardened earwax safely, see the topic Reference Earwax.
- Reference Hearing aids. Hearing aids make sounds louder (amplify). They do not restore your hearing, but they may help you function and communicate more easily. Having occasional Reference hearing tests can help you know when your hearing aids need adjustment.
- Implanted hearing devices, such as a Reference cochlear implant. Several types of hearing implants are available, each for specific types of hearing problems. Some implants require devices to be worn outside the ear. Newer implants are contained within the ear.
- Assistive listening devices, alerting devices, and other communication aids.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 25, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven T. Kmucha, MD - Otolaryngology