The medical solution to hearing loss has always been the use of hearing aids. Although technology has improved hearing aids significantly, some people still find themselves suffering from hearing deficiencies – or they find themselves still straining to hear. Due to advancements in the medical field, hearing care may be moving towards a surgical solution instead.
One surgical method for hearing repair is the Cochlear method. This method involves a surgical implant that mimics the effects of a normally functioning ear. To test this method, the subject being implanted must have previously tried hearing aids to know if they successfully or unsuccessfully affected them. This method is only used on people who are almost entirely deaf; therefore, the hearing aid testing is a necessary component of this process.
Another common surgery for hearing deficiencies is called a stapedectomy. This surgery refers to the removal of a build-up of bone in your ear. This build-up can cause significant hearing loss. The overall success rate of this procedure is ninety percent. This treatment is for otosclerosis, a condition that is the most common cause of hearing loss for young adults. This condition is also more common in women than men.
Another surgery conducted to improve hearing is a canalplasty. A canalplasty is the surgical construction of a new ear canal because the “natural” ear canal is either nonfunctional, blocked, or nonexistent. This type of surgery, much like the others, can reverse hearing deficiencies and greatly improve hearing overall.
Whether you choose to get an implant or consider another surgical option, surgery is a viable option, and it can greatly improve your hearing as well as your quality of life. You do not have to sit idly by while you experience hearing deficiencies. Consult with an experienced hearing care specialist like the ones at Beltone DFW today to learn more about your options.