Conductive hearing loss (CHL) presents a real challenge for those who suffer from it. It can have a devastating effect on your ability to live a full and complete life. CHL can have an impact not only on your hearing but on your relationships, your career, your finances, and your ability to be happy.
What is CHL?
It’s when sound cannot make it to the inner ear because of some sort of obstruction. The obstruction can be a foreign object, a benign tumor, or fluid in the ear.
How to tell if you are suffering from CHL?
Generally you will begin to notice that you don’t fully understand what people are saying to you, or you may perceive that people are mumbling or speaking too quickly. In some cases you may also develop ringing in your ears. Eventually these symptoms will get worse if the root cause goes untreated.
What are some causes of CHL?
While CHL can have many causes here is a list of the most common ones.
- Fluid in the middle ear which can be caused from allergies
- Benign tumors
- Chronic ear infection
- Growth in the middle ear (cholesteatoma)
- Abnormal bone growth
- Poor Eustachian tube function
Can CHL be cured?
Most causes of CHL can be cured, and are usually only temporary in nature. It may require a visit to your doctor, and medication but most often it can be cured in a short amount of time. It is important to not ignore symptoms of hearing loss. Once you first notice the signs you should consult your doctor right away.
Is it permanent?
It can be, especially if the ailment goes untreated for a long time. It is important to consult your doctor once you notice the signs of CHL. Understanding the signs are really important.
Can long term effects be reversed?
In some cases the effects can be reversed through surgical means. Permanent cases of CHL most commonly occur in young children who are more susceptible to ear infections, and who may lodge foreign objects in their ears.
While CHL could lead to permanent hearing damage that may not be able to reversed in many cases the impairment can be cured through medicinal or surgical means. The key to preventing long term damage to the ear is getting a doctors advice as soon as you notice the symptoms. The longer you go without consulting a physician the greater your risk of long term permanent damage to your hearing and your ear.
To learn more about conductive hearing loss, contact Beltone DFW today.