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Surgery as an Option for Hearing Loss

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 9:41:38 AM Australia/Melbourne

Surgery as an Option for Hearing LossNobody looks forward to surgery. Nobody relishes the news that they’ll be going under the knife, possibly with drugs to mitigate, and out of sorts for days at a time. While it’s generally worth it, it’s something that many dread, whether they’re afraid of pain, stressed out about the results or otherwise opposed.


In general, we don’t associate surgery with hearing loss. There are so many tools and applications that our industry is researching and evolving, that it’s in many cases, the last option. The Hearlink team is dedicated towards sharing all of the information that we can with our valued base of customers. This means leveraging our blog, and our Website to showcase the trends of the industry, the science that we should be tracking and the products and services that you can already expect from the Hearlink team. The trends of the industry do tend to shift and change, depending on what part of the world that you live in. Today’s post may focus on the population of South Africa, but the takeaways remain consistent all over the globe.


South Africans would like to take advantage of hearing aids as a solution, but this isn’t always effective. Unfortunately, only a small percentage are eligible for applicable surgeries as we learned while researching today’s post.


A Healthy Hearing article says that, “it depends on the type of hearing loss,” as it relates to the population of lower-income families across South Africa. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common sort, and always involves the nerves. Catalysts are many and varied, including exposure to loud noise, different infections, trauma, tumors and old age. Some sorts of medication can even impact your hearing, so you want to do your research and talk to your doctor about all side-effects as they arise. The problem is that this level of hearing loss can be permanent, so it’s important to always keep an eye on it.


Enough about the reasons for surgery, what types of surgery are we talking about here?


Cochlear implants are the most common. They restore partial hearing and don’t just amplify sound, instead bypassing the damaged part of the nerve. All you need to do is implant a small electronic device behind your ear.


Next up is hearing aid implants. They continue to evolve and finesse the engineering and design. They transmit sounds thorough the bone of your skull. These are most often seen as a back-up to cochlear implants, for those who can’t take advantage of them.


Finally, for today’s post, are Pressure Equalizing Tubes (PE Tubes). If you’re looking to leverage these, doctors insert the tubes into the ear, which allows air through the Eustachian tube and equalizes pressure. This is the most invasive with an incision through the eardrums to drain out all fluid.


While three of the most popular, there are many other surgeries which experts look to, to help your hearing. Stay tuned for our next post where we detail even more.

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Hearlink Admin